Ag Committee Key Hurdle to Climate Change Bill

Talk on Capitol Hill points to the House Agriculture Committee as a key hurdle to the massive climate change bill introduced by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.). The Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on the bill Thursday afternoon, with AFBF President Bob Stallman scheduled to testify.House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) said his panel continues to work with the staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on problems with the bill. Peterson said some progress is being made, but they are not anywhere close to finding a resolution. “I am not sure if we are going to be able to resolve it because there is a lot of ideology that has been woven into this thing,” Peterson said in an interview on AgriTalk with Mike Adams. “And one of the biggest problems I have is that we are mixing up energy independence and climate change, kind of in the same bailiwick. That is kind of a dangerous combination because they are trying to bring in this idea that somehow or another we are somehow responsible for what is going on in the rain forests in Brazil and Indonesia and other places. I have been to Brazil enough to know that that is not the case.”