WV Farm Bureau Magazine August 2015 - Page 4

PRESIDENTIAL PARADIGMS Obama’s Assault on America Continues Charles Wilfong, President, West Virginia Farm Bureau On August 3, 2015, President Obama rolled out the final version of his new EPA regulations that will dictate the future of power generation in our country. These new rules call for a 32% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 from the 2005 baseline level. Each state will be given a state-specific goal. If states don’t submit an acceptable plan to achieve that goal, then the EPA will impose their own model. The result of all this repressive regulation will be the closing of even MORE coal-fired power plants and the mines that supply them, as well as soaring electric bills and an inadequate supply of reliable energy, resulting in brown-or-blackouts. West Virginia will suffer more than any other state, as 95% of all our electric comes from coal. This will be very bad on both individuals and businesses. It would seem the President is intent on crippling the economy. He has admitted this is only the first step in a process that imposes many more greenhouse gas regulations on many other sectors of the U.S. economy. Agriculture is squarely in the crosshairs. EPA has previously stated that 26% of all methane comes from cows and other ruminants. The most disturbing part of all this is that while our economy will be hamstrung by these new rules, China will be moving ahead with their aggressive coal-fired power plant building program. At present, they are bringing a new coal-fired power plant online about every two weeks. So, it’s no secret where manufacturing and production will continue to move to. see Wilfong, page 21 Time to Get to Work With Tools for Trade Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation As farmers and ranchers, we know it’s tough to get the job done without the right tool. Earlier this year, Farm Bureau members spoke up to urge Congress to give U.S. trade negotiators an important tool to get the job done on trade agreements: Trade Promotion Authority. Congress listened, worked across party lines and passed TPA this summer. Now it’s time for the administration to put this tool to good use. TPA legislation has unlocked the door to ambitious new trade agreements, and America’s farmers and ranchers have a major stake in what happens next. Our ability to reach markets around the world directly boosts the economy 4 West Virginia Farm Bureau News here at ho