Davis discusses the climate benefits of the Farm Bill and advocates for more commonsense solutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the House Rules Committee. Click to watch.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) this week highlighted the 2018 Farm Bill as bipartisan effort to reduce climate change by offering an amendment to H.R. 9. The amendment would have included the 2018 Farm Bill as an existing law relevant to the bill’s stated target of reducing greenhouse gas emission. Unfortunately, the amendment was rejected along party lines in committee.
“It’s bipartisan opportunities, like the farm bill, that will reduce emissions, without risking our manufacturing jobs or placing the burden on Americans through increased energy bills," said Davis. "House Democrats should be looking for more of these opportunities, instead of putting forth unrealistic legislation, like this bill or the Green New Deal, that will only result in increased costs for the American people and stifle our growing economy.”
H.R. 9 would have the U.S. rejoin a lopsided, non-binding treaty that was never ratified by Congress, but committed the U.S. to significantly reducing climate emissions while China committed to very little.
While U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced, countries like China and India, have increased their emissions by more than 200% since 2000. The 2019 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) comprehensive annual report shows that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 13%, and power sector emissions have fallen by 27.6% since 2005.