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American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
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On June 19th, 2009, the House passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.

Wind turbines in a rapeseed fieldThe American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 provides an enhanced role for agriculture in combating climate change. If enacted, the legislation will create new opportunities for American farmers and ranchers, while dramatically improving the environment.

As stewards of over half the land and water resources in America, we need a clean energy bill that maximizes the participation of farmers and ranchers.  Farm conservation practices are among the most cost-effective, readily available ways to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, by maximizing agriculture’s role, we can decrease the cost of combating climate change, while creating new opportunities for American farmers.

Learn more about maximizing agriculture’s role in a clean energy bill:

x Overview: Agriculture and Climate Change x Carbon Trading Markets: Farmers Combating Climate Change with Cap and Trade
       
x Clean Energy Legislation: Myth and Fact (pdf) x On the Farm: Renewable Energy and Carbon Sequestration
       
x Agriculture and Clean Energy Workshops x Get Active! Help Farmers Combat Climate Change
       
 
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