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Lankford, Colleagues Push Back on Dems Vilifying Production Agriculture

Wed, 14 Sep 2022 12:55:14 CDT

Lankford, Colleagues Push Back on Dems Vilifying Production Agriculture Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and John Boozman (R-AR) today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan regarding Democrats’ climate-change attacks on feedlot and dairy operations.


The Senators write in their letter, “CAFOs play a vital role in our nation’s ability to be food independent and have continually improved their efficiency to produce more with less, inherently making them more sustainable. Through technological innovations, unique opportunities have been created for them to utilize animal waste for energy and electricity production through anaerobic digestion… If the alleged adverse environmental impacts of these operations is the true concern, why would we limit their ability to enhance their management practices? In a time where input prices are strangling agriculture operations and energy costs are deteriorating families’ financial standing, why would we attempt to limit opportunities that could help solve both of these problems?”


You can read the full letter HERE or below.


Dear Administrator Regan:


We write you in response to a recent letter sent by Senate Democrats requesting you exclude methane biogas projects operated by Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) from being eligible to qualify as an eligible feedstock to generate electric renewable identification numbers (e-RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The allegations brought forth as the basis for their request are abjectly deceitful and the insinuation that these facilities operate with such wanton disregard for the public health is abhorrent.


CAFOs play a vital role in our nation’s ability to be food independent and have continually improved their efficiency to produce more with less, inherently making them more sustainable. Through technological innovations, unique opportunities have been created for them to utilize animal waste for energy and electricity production through anaerobic digestion. In 2021, CAFO anaerobic digestion systems reduced carbon emissions by 6.09 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent and generated 1.76 million megawatt-hours of electricity. All accomplished by little more than 300 facilities.


In fact, 52 of these installations currently provide renewable fuel and electricity to the states of the respective Senators condemning their existence. It is evident that this practice is a viable tool to create economic opportunity, embolden our energy security, and improve the overall environmental sustainability of our agriculture industry. If the alleged adverse environmental impacts of these operations is the true concern, why would we limit their ability to enhance their management practices? In a time where input prices are strangling agriculture operations and energy costs are deteriorating families’ financial standing, why would we attempt to limit opportunities that could help solve both of these problems? Why would we villainize those who are actively working to feed our nation while actively impeding their initiatives to address the very issues raised?


With all of this in mind we ask that you disregard the misguided, alarmist allegations made by our Democratic colleagues on this issue and would like to request information regarding:


· The EPA’s efforts to collaborate with stakeholders and other relevant agencies to expand opportunities in this sector
· If the Agency has conducted an analysis on the benefits of increasing the number of CAFO facilities utilizing anaerobic digestion as a means of waste management and energy production
· The Agency’s educational outreach to stakeholders and the public on proper practices in the industry to improve sustainability and dispel misinformation


We appreciate your efforts in this area and look forward to your response.


   

 

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