FarmPolicy

April 26, 2019

Climate Legislation; FAPRI Update; Food Prices; and Governor Ron Kind?

Climate Legislation

Clifford Krauss and Jad Mouawad reported in today’s New York Times that, “Hard on the heels of the health care protests, another citizen movement seems to have sprung up, this one to oppose Washington’s attempts to tackle climate change. But behind the scenes, an industry with much at stake — Big Oil — is pulling the strings.

“Hundreds of people packed a downtown theater here [Houston] on Tuesday for a lunchtime rally that was as much a celebration of oil’s traditional role in the Texas way of life as it was a political protest against Washington’s energy policies, which many here fear will raise energy prices.”

This was the first of a series of about 20 rallies planned for Southern and oil-producing states to organize resistance to proposed legislation that would set a limit on emissions of heat-trapping gases, requiring many companies to buy emission permits. Participants described the system as an energy tax that would undermine the economy of Houston, the nation’s energy capital,” the article said.

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