January 26, 2020

Climate Issues; Ag Economy; and Crop Insurance

Climate Issues: Copenhagen- General Background

AP writer Arthur Max reported yesterday that, “U.N. climate negotiators looked Wednesday to the United States to bring fresh ideas — perhaps in the form of extra billions of dollars — to try to salvage a bare-bones political agreement by the end of the week on controlling global warming.

The U.S. must find ways of meeting demands by a suspicious world on reducing greenhouse gas emissions without exceeding what Congress will allow. It must also find the cash in a tight budget.”

The article pointed out that, “The U.S. delegation objected to a proposed text it felt might bind Washington prematurely to reducing greenhouse gas emissions before Congress acts on the required legislation. U.S. envoys insisted, for example, on replacing the word ‘shall’ with the conditional ‘should’ throughout the text.”