Climate Change Hearings End; Mark-Up Delayed

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held 4 days of hearing on a draft climate change bill drafted by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) during which the committee heard from over 50 witnesses, including former Vice President Al Gore, former Senator John Warner and former Representative Newt Gingrich.  While the Subcommittee chairman, Rep. Ed Markey, had indicated his intention to mark-up the draft bill during the week of April 27, negotiations among Democratic legislators are still ongoing in an effort to modify the legislative proposal.  No firm date has yet been announced when markup will be re-scheduled.  Farm Bureau has sent a letter to the full committee outlining our views on the foundations upon which a climate policy should be based.  According to the letter: the benefits of a climate policy must outweigh its costs, recognize and support the unique role of agriculture, affordably replace energy sources that will result from fossil fuel reductions, and ensure that there is a global response to this global problem.