Broad Coalition Supports Farm Bill Investments in Clean Energy

A coalition of farm, energy and environmental groups sent a united request to Congressional leaders to boost federal Farm Bill funding for the Energy Title to at least $1 billion per year.

The letter states, “Higher energy prices, unstable oil supplies and environmental quality affect all Americans. Since the Farm Bill is one of only a very few federal laws that targets federal investments directly into new clean energy development projects, the Farm Bill’s reauthorization offers Congress a timely and effective way to respond forcefully to these challenges.

“The Farm Bill’s clean energy programs can, with sufficient funding, strengthen our national energy security, boost rural economic development, slow the pace of global warming and improve our environment,” the letter states.

The 2002 Farm Bill featured the first-ever Energy Title, including successful programs to fund farmer-owned renewable energy systems, promote energy efficiency and biofuels. Congress is now working to pass new Farm Bill legislation this summer, and a strong Energy Title can strengthen our national energy security, improve rural economies, and fight global warming.

Some of the groups signing the letter included Alliance to Save Energy, American Coalition for Ethanol, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, American Wind Energy Association, Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Environmental Law & Policy Center, National Biodiesel Board, National Farmers Union, National Resources Defense Council, Solar Energy Industries Association, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association, and others.

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