Agriculture Exempt from Carbon Caps Under Waxman-Markey

Anyone who was hoping that the climate change bill currently making its way through Congress would have any significant impact on global warming should read this post at Grist.  As the bill currently reads, agriculture is exempt from any carbon caps (despite a carbon footprint exceeding that of the transportation sector).  Yet, Big Ag and its Congressional pals (including House Agriculture Chair, Collin Peterson) are looking to gut it still further.

Since a bill that excludes one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases from any cap or regulation is functionally useless, I’m left wondering what all the fuss is about.  Congress seems to think that baby steps will help here.  I guess they will — the same way opening an umbrella will help slow a free fall.  Me, I was hoping for a little more.

–David Cassuto


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