Climate Bill Might Fail If Not More Farm Friendly

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Waxman-Markey climate change bill may not pass the House of Representatives unless it becomes more farm-friendly. The warning, sounded by Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), presents a new obstacle to the White House’s effort to get a bill passed this year. Thursday’s House Agriculture Committee hearing was a critical forum for pushing for changes in the bill. Peterson is viewed as the leading Democratic opponent to the nearly 1,000-page climate change and energy bill. Without changes, “I don’t think you are going to get any type of a bill through Congress—whatever the administration wants,” Peterson said. Peterson is leading a growing Democratic mutiny against the measure. He claims support of more than 40 lawmakers who represent rural interests and worry the legislation tilts too heavily in favor of urban communities, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Farm Bureau is strongly opposed to the legislation. When asked by a reporter if he would support the bill in its current form, AFBF President Bob Stallman said: “Easiest question I’ve ever been asked, a ‘no’ vote,” according to Reuters.