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Iowa Farmers on the Front Lines Against Global Warming

October 2, 2007

Des Moines IA – Iowa farmers see a new pest on the horizon, and you might say they plan to swat it before it hurts their crops. It's global warming, and the Iowa Farmers Union joins several other groups today in an effort to encourage Iowa lawmakers to support federal legislation that would set a firm U.S. policy on reducing it. Thus far, only Representative Bruce Braley has agreed to cosponsor House Resolution 1590, the "Safe Climate Act."

Dave Murphy of the Iowa Farmers Union says the state's family farmers are finding out that they're on the front lines in battling global warming, because climate change will affect weather and crop production.

"Global warming will negatively impact the entire United States, the entire world –- but specifically the Iowa farmer, as we're called upon to feed the world."

Murphy says the Safe Climate Act would require that 20 percent of electricity come from renewable sources. He adds Iowa is already a leader in ethanol production and wind energy, and believes keeping these renewable industries in Iowa is key to the state's economic future.

"It's better policy to have that owned by the small family farmer than by large corporations, or by out-of-state corporations. We would like to see the money stay in-state."

Other provisions in the bill include a cap on global warming pollution and a significant decrease in tailpipe emissions. The kick-off announcement for the initiative is at 10:00 AM today at the Des Moines Public Library.

Dick Layman/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - IA