WASHINGTON — National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson
applauded President Barack Obama’s recent remarks at Georgetown University
outlining the administration’s comprehensive plan to addresses climate change.
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,” Johnson said.
“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.”
The plan’s objectives include preventing the worst effects
of climate change by reducing 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 said. “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 said. “Given the proper incentives, America’s farmers
and ranchers can play a significant role in mitigating the effects of climate