American Power Act Introduced
Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman have introduced the American Power Act which is designed to transform our economy, set us on the path toward energy independence and improve the quality of the air we breathe. The pair of Senators said their bill will create millions of good jobs and it will launch America into a position of leadership in the global clean energy economy. They said their bill will - reduce carbon pollution by 17 percent in 2020 and by over 80 percent in 2050.
Farm Bureau Sees a Problem with Power Bill
The American Farm Bureau Federation will take the time to study the American Power Act, the climate change bill introduced by Senators Joseph Lieberman and John Kerry. Farm Bureau wants to know how it will impact farmers and ranchers.
Farm Bureau believes it is imperative that any energy legislation must assure a greater supply of nuclear energy, renewable fuels and natural gas for American consumers. American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman also notes - the absence of renewable electricity standards in the bill. Farm Bureau will work toward their inclusion in the future.
AWI Claims Perdue is Using Misleading Claims
Animal Welfare Institute President Cathy Liss is demanding that Perdue Farms end its use of a misleading label claiming that certain of its chicken products are 'Humanely Raised' and 'Raised Cage Free.” AWI asserts that the 'Humanely Raised' label misleads consumers about how Perdue treats chickens, and the 'Raised Cage Free' label deceptively suggests a special benefit.
Acres Added to Conservation Projects Under SAFE
U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that USDA has approved 45-thousand acres for two projects in the State Acres For Wildlife Enhancement - or SAFE – Conservation Reserve Program. Thirty-eight-thousand acres will go toward a SAFE initiative in Douglas County, Washington for sage-grouse and sharp-tailed grouse - and seven-thousand acres to the Lesser Prairie Chicken SAFE initiative in Colorado.
Improving Chesapeake Region Program Announced
A new federal strategy for the Chesapeake region has been released. It focuses on protecting and restoring the environment in communities throughout the 64-thousand-square-mile watershed and in its thousands of streams, creeks and rivers. The strategy includes using rigorous regulations to restore clean water, implementing new conservation practices on four million acres of farms, conserving two million acres of undeveloped land, and rebuilding oysters in 20 tributaries of the Bay.