News

Republican Senators Urge Voluntary Methane Reduction Measures

Photo: clipart.com

Spencer, IA: (Apr. 15, 2014) – A group of Senate Republicans is urging the Obama administration not to regulate livestock emissions under the recently proposed methane reduction plan.

In a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the sixteen Senators say the “agriculture community is committed to environmental stewardship.” They urged the administration to work with Congress and the ag industry to outline voluntary measures that can be taken to reduce emissions, “without imposing heavy-handed regulations on farms across America.”

Methane is far less prevalent in the atmosphere than is carbon dioxide (both of which are greenhouse gases), but methane is more efficient at trapping radiation. Pound for pound, the comparative impact of methane on climate change is over 20 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period, according to the EPA.

Livestock is a major producer of methane. The U.S. Agriculture Department plans to release a “biogas roadmap” in June that will provide voluntary guidance on lowering methane, an approach that was applauded by the dairy industry.

Local Headlines

in Local

Sanborn Man Arrested

Fresh
claycountysheriff

A Sanborn man is charged after a traffic stop...

in Local

Sudbeck Sentencing Date

Fresh
sudbeck

An Estherville man charged with first degree murder has received a new sentencing date...

in Local

Storm Warrant Arrest

Fresh
Police

A Storm Lake woman is arrested after a dispute...

in Local

Iowa Legislative Bills

Fresh
statehouse

Th Iowa Legislature continues addressing bills in the session. Des Moines, IA (AP) — A Senate committee has approved a…

in Local

Reynolds and Brandstad To Home Base Recognition

Fresh
Newbranreynolds

Five counties are going to be recognized for becoming the latest Home Base Iowa Communities...