Well, it has been something talked about on social media for the past few weeks. The proposed Green New Deal has seemingly put farmers on the defensive once again. Lines are being drawn between Ag producers and people who know nothing about agriculture but want to tell farmers how to do their jobs. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst opened a debate on the Senate floor over the proposal.
Senator Ernst rallied several Republican lawmakers in an attack on the Democrats’ proposal. Calling it a “socialist fantasy” and “extremist”.
Democrats, including Ag Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), rejected Republican claims. Democrats say the Republicans’ estimate of a $93 trillion-dollar price tag is “bogus”, and that Republicans are exaggerating the intent of their proposal.
However, despite these claims, the proposal is blaming cattle for producing 14% of the methane emissions thought to be affecting the climate. Senator Ernst and others charge Democrats want to get rid of cattle production and detrimentally impact the way farmers feed the world.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) plans to bring the proposal up for a floor vote soon. Political strategists believe this is an attempt to force Democrats to make uncomfortable choices which could affect the elections of 2020.
If nothing else it has sure made for some interesting opinion reading on social media.