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April 24, 2014

House Ag Committee Hearing: EPA Indirect Land Use Proposal Leads to Questions on Climate Change Legislation; Budget; Food Security; and H1N1

House Ag Committee Hearing: EPA Indirect Land Use Proposal Leads to Questions on Climate Change Legislation

A news release issued yesterday by the House Agriculture Committee stated that, “Today, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research held a hearing to review the impact of the indirect land use and renewable biomass provisions in the renewable fuel standard.

“‘We are very upset with the path EPA has taken us down and sent that message back loud and clear in today’s hearing,’ said Chairman Tim Holden of Pennsylvania. ‘If we continue with these provisions in EISA [Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007], we will not only harm the biofuels industry but also shortchange a large part of the country before we even get started. We need to expand the reach of biofuels, not hamper the farmer and forest owner.’”

A complete list of witnesses and their opening statements from yesterday’s hearing can be viewed here.

The tone of yesterday’s hearing was set early when House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) delivered a passionate assessment regarding developments over the EPA proposed rule and included additional comments on possible climate change legislation. Chairman Peterson’s comments can be heard here in their entirety (MP3-3:13).

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