Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Broad Support Emerges for Offsets

Apologies for my long absence on this blog. During early June, there was a vote on the climate bill and my energies were diverted into working on that. For any of you that follow politics, you know that sometimes in order to maintain the trust of those you are working with -- you just can't share everything publicly in real time.

But, now I'm back to providing as much good info as I can on the ag offsets issue - so please check back often.

Below is a letter with some very impressive signers in support of good offsets policy within a climate bill. This letter came about after the strong efforts of Senators Stabenow, Brownback, Crapo and others who pulled together an amendment that would have created strong offsets policy within a climate change bill.

As you can see by those signing the letter, a strong coalition has finally formed to champion good offsets policy within mandatory climate change legislation. Bravo to the groups who rolled up their sleeves and jumped in to shape what could be agriculture's third or fourth largest market: carbon.

Now it is important that the coalition remain together and continue to work with staff in the Senate and the House so that when a bill comes up and passes in the next Congress, agriculture's interest will have been fully accounted for.

June 12, 2008

The Honorable Debbie Stabenow
United States Senate
Washington D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Stabenow:

We are writing to thank you for your leadership
in promoting the key
benefits thatoffsets, particularly
agriculture and forestry offsets, can
provide in
addressing greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Offsets

projects are critical to ensuring that any legislation to
address global
climate change can achieve meaningful
environmental results in a
cost-effective manner. In
addition to these economic benefits of
emissions offsets
projects, they can help drive new technologies and

services, and provide extensive environmental benefits.

Your amendment to the Climate Security Act (S. 3036)
a useful framework for developing offsets policy
that will
engage agriculture and forestry interests,
utilities and industry
seeking to reduce their emissions,
entities that finance and develop
offset projects, and
environmental groups. We look forward to
continuing to
work with you and your staff to craft a robust,

sustainable, offsets policy that efficiently reduces costs
and maintains environmental integrity.


Agricultural Carbon Market Working Group

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Farmland Trust

American Soybean Association

Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Carbon Offset Providers Coalition

--Blue Source

--The Carbon Neutral Company



--Greenhouse Gas Services, a GE AES venture

--Kolibri Group

--MGM International

--N.serve Environmental Services

Coalition for Emission Reduction Projects

--American Electric Power
--Blue Source

--Deutsche Bank

--Duke Energy



--El Paso Corporation

--Environmental Credit Corp
--Equator Environmental
--First Climate

--Leaf Clean Energy Company

--MGM International


--Stark Investments

Deere & Company
The Dow Chemical Company


Duke Energy


Environmental Defense Fund

FPL Group

General Electric

National Association of Conservation Districts

National Barley Growers Association

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

National Corn Growers Association

National Farmers Union

National Milk Producers Federation

The Nature Conservancy

NRG Energy


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