Cap-and-Trade Threatens Pennsylvania Agriculture

The PA Farm Bureau recently released an article in the September edition of Country Focus illustrating the stifling effects Waxman-Markey legislation will have on rural farming communities across Pennsylvania.

While Cap-and-Trade will dramatically raise the cost of every household’s energy bills, farmers are especially hard hit by skyrocketing fertilizer prices and higher operating costs for their equipment. The Farm Bureau also notes that without any alternative energy sources in place to power America’s farms, Waxman-Markey is putting the entire agriculture industry in jeopardy. Moreover, putting a cap on carbon emissions without ensuring the same in high-carbon output nations like India and China will accomplish nothing but place a virtual tariff on American goods.

With family farms already in danger due to the unstable economy, can we really afford to increase their burden?