The carbon controversy

Created: 8/17/16 (Wed) | Topic: Issues

August 15, 2016: When and why did carbon become a dirty word? Every living green plant needs carbon dioxide to live. NDFB President Daryl Lies tackles the carbon controvery in the first of a two-part dialogue. 

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Over the course of the last month, I’ve put on several thousand miles driving not just across our beautiful state, but across South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. And through those miles that I’ve put on, you get to see the beautiful fields of corn, soybeans, the golden fields of wheat and you start to wonder how we could possibly have gotten to the point in the United States that we label a life-sustaining gas, a greenhouse, hazardous gas. And the gas I’m talking about, folks, is carbon dioxide.

Carbon dioxide is a necessity for all living things that are green. All plant life requires carbon dioxide. And in turn, they give us our oxygen that sustains our life.

And how we got to this point of the EPA wanting to label carbon dioxide as a pollutant is puzzling. Here at NDFB we have policy which states, and I quote: “We oppose the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from our power plants and other sources.”

Those other sources include us in agriculture. We as farmers and ranchers need a gas that they have now labeled as a greenhouse hazardous gas to sustain all of our activities of growing the crops that feed the people, growing the crops that feed our livestock which in turn feed the people. And albeit we have our eye on the ball that we think is the problem – EPA – the EPA may just be a symptom of the real problem, the real problem of a globalist movement, when 200 countries got together in December in Paris and came up with this grand deal to lessen the use of fossil fuels.

I read an article in Agweek last week that stated by Thelma Krug, who is the lead of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meeting that’s coming up in Geneva, and she says, “Wholesale transformation of economies and society will be required to achieve the target set forth in the Paris deal.” And that deal is one that our own president championed.

But we in agriculture, we help support the health of the environment by the growing of our crops. And we’ll look at those numbers next week, and other positive things that happen by growing these lush, green crops and utilizing the naturally occurring, must-needed gas, carbon dioxide.

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