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·         Media Release: NFU Joins Coalition in Highlighting Importance of Carbon Capture

·         NFU rejects ‘Green Deal’ but addresses climate change



NFU Joins Coalition in Highlighting Importance of Carbon Capture


Source: National Farmers Union (NFU)

Mar 7, 2019


WASHINGTON - National Farmers Union (NFU) joined the Carbon Capture Coalition in submitting a letter to leaders in Congress to highlight the importance of “carbon capture research, development, and commercial deployment as an essential component of a broader strategy to decarbonize power generation and key industry sectors by midcentury” to meet climate goals.


The letter, signed by a cross-section of the Coalition’s 60 Participants and Observers, is intended to reinforce the role of carbon capture technologies in any federal policy discussions about climate, energy, infrastructure or job creation. The group expressed support for legislation including the USE IT Act that would build on the FUTURE Act to advance the use of carbon capture technologies nationwide.


“Carbon capture presents family farmers and rural communities tremendous opportunity to both better the environment and enhance quality of life in rural America,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “These technologies create jobs, produce domestic energy, benefit the U.S. ethanol industry, and reduce carbon emissions that exacerbate climate change. So as Congress looks to reduce our nation’s carbon emissions, we proudly join the Carbon Capture Coalition in urging congressional leadership to advance federal policies that accelerate deployment of carbon capture, utilization and storage.”


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NFU rejects ‘Green Deal’ but addresses climate change


Source: The Hagstrom Report

via The Fence Post - March 7, 2019


BELLEVUE, Wash. — Delegates to the National Farmers Union annual convention here on Tuesday maintained the group's commitment to addressing climate change, but rejected a proposal that it become involved in the Green New Deal that some Democrats in Congress have proposed.


The NFU, the nation's second-largest general farm organization and the most Democratic-leaning one, has long been involved in the climate change debate and has shown more willingness to address the issue than most other farm groups on the grounds that carbon sequestration and other farm practices offer farmers opportunities as well as challenges.


This year state delegations brought policy proposals on the Green New Deal, regenerative agriculture, and climate change to the convention, and the NFU's policy committee combined them into a document that did not endorse the Green New Deal as written but did use the term.


The proposal said "The Green New Deal is a bold proposal to transform our society, but as it stands, the resolution appeals to an urban voter base and does not recognize the essential contribution of rural America."


The proposal continued, 'We need to have a seat at the table as the Green New Deal framework is being developed. National Farmers Union policy supports no less than 30 individual positions that align with the core values of the Green New Deal."


But delegates from rural states such as North Dakota and Montana as well as California did not want to be associated with policy and phrasing that has been promoted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and others viewed as on the left of the Democratic Party.


As Ryan Taylor, a delegate from North Dakota and former Democratic state legislator and gubernatorial candidate, put it, "The Green New Deal is polarizing language."


Instead the delegates turned to a proposal from the Minnesota Farmers Union that said "In order to empower family farmers to lessen the negative impacts of climate change, NFU supports policies, collaborations with consumers, and efforts throughout the agricultural value chain."


Not all delegates agreed. One Wisconsin delegate said that NFU should get together with "these energetic young legislators" who are "driving the discussions" and influence them on policies that affect farmers.


In an interview after the convention adjourned, NFU President Roger Johnson noted that the group has been committed to addressing climate change for years, but he noted that there were eight special orders in all, and that he expects the board to emphasize those that deal with the economic plight of farmers and trade issues.


Special orders prioritize issues for the NFU board and leaders.


"There is lots of financial strain. We may lose the next generation of farmers," Johnson said...