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US NFU Disappointed by Cuts to Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency

US NFU Disappointed by Cuts to Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency

16 April 2015

US - NFU President Roger Johnson says he was disappointed in the US House of Representatives Energy and Water spending subcommittee’s reduction of funds for renewable energy and energy efficiency from last year.

“Renewable energy and energy efficiency are key to building climate resilience, and many of our rural communities experience much-needed reinvestment from renewable energy development.” Johnson said. “Congress should increase, not cut, funds for renewable energy.”

Mr Johnson noted that America’s family farmers and ranchers are already impacted by increased weather volatility related to the changing climate, including fewer workable days, increased potential for soil erosion, and increased crop insurance claims, and without support for renewables, they may have to brace for additional negative consequences.

“Other consequences, including fluctuating access to water resources and increased pest and weed pressure, will impact our efforts to produce sufficient food, fuel and fiber,” Johnson noted.

“Renewable energy will also, in the long term, offer protection against volatile rates and contribute to our nation’s energy independence.”

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