NFU hails President’s approach to combating the impact of climate change

Farm Forum

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson applauded President Barack Obama’s remarks at Georgetown University on June 25 outlining the administration’s comprehensive plan to addresses climate change.

President Obama detailed plans for an all-of-the-above approach to develop homegrown renewable energy and implement responsible steps to cut carbon pollution to leave a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations.

“NFU commends President Obama in taking a proactive approach in addressing ways to combat the effects of climate change,” said Johnson. “Mitigating and adapting to climate change has long been a significant concern to NFU’s membership and will be a defining trend that shapes the world.”

Objectives for the President’s comprehensive plan includes preventing the worst effects of climate change by reducing our carbon pollution, ramping up renewable energy production, preparing the U.S. for the impacts of unavoidable climate change, and leading the rest of the world around combating changing climate.

“Farmers are going to be one of the first groups to suffer as extreme weather phenomena multiply with dire results for our capacity to feed our population,” Johnson added. “We cannot afford to waste more time. America needs to act now to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture both here and around the world.”

NFU adopted policy that favors a market based approach to addressing climate change that includes a mandatory cap on non-farm sources of carbon pollution and provides positive incentives for agriculture to participate in a solution to climate change.

“The agriculture sector holds tremendous potential to sequester carbon,” Johnson noted. “Given the proper incentives, America’s farmers and ranchers can play a significant role in mitigating the effects of climate change.”