U.S. Representative Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) introduced an amendment this week, which was adopted today with bipartisan support and included in H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act. The amendment supports farmers and ranchers who are employing agricultural practices that help the United States meet the goals and ambitions of the Paris Agreement. The Climate Action Now Act passed the House of Representatives today.
Schrier said, in part, “In order to combat the effects climate change, we are all going to have to work together. Ours is a country that has always banded together to take on the greatest challenges of our times, and this is no exception. This is a time for the U.S. to not just partner, but lead the world in protecting this planet for our children and future generations.
Farmers and ranchers are on the front lines of the climate crisis. Droughts, fires, and floods are threatening their safety and their livelihoods. My time on the Agriculture Committee and time spent with growers in my district have shown me that farmers are deeply invested in addressing our changing climate and eager to be part of the solution. Farmers are already expanding no-till practices, rotating crops, and planting cover-crops to sequester carbon, fix nitrogen and other soil nutrients, and reduce erosion. With that healthier soil packed with organic matter, they are decreasing their reliance on fossil fuel based fertilizers, increasing yields, saving water, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We must recognize and celebrate the contributions of our farmers who engage in sustainable farming practices.
My amendment would support this agricultural ingenuity and creativity, and prevent this administration from standing in the way of farmers and ranchers who are fighting climate change. The climate crisis is an urgent matter, and there isn’t one silver bullet. Let’s recognize that the solution will require something from all of us, and support our farmers who can make a tremendous dent in CO2 emissions.”
The above is a press release from the office of Rep. Kim Schrier, M.D. (D-Issaquah, 8-CD). The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents.