Peterson: Climate Bill “Still Has Problems”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) is looking to the Senate to make changes in climate change legislation that will better protect agriculture.  “It’s still got problems,” said Peterson, who brokered a deal for the climate change bill to pass the House in June. “You know I’ve been talking to a number of the senators from rural states, and there is no question in my mind that some of the problems will be addressed by the Senate. I’ve told my leadership that if this bill does not meet my test for agriculture and rural America at the end of the day I’m going to vote against it.”  The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee begins hearings today on climate change legislation with testimony from Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.