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RESOLUTION AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

SENATE RESOLUTION

State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Senate Resolution


     By Senators Shumlin, Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Carris, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Cummings, Doyle, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, Lyons, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza, McCormack, Miller, Mullin, Nitka, Racine, Scott, Sears, Snelling, Starr and White,

     S.R. 31.  Senate resolution urging the Governor and the Attorney General to petition the administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency to seek a waiver from the food-to-fuel mandates as provided for in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Whereas, food prices are rising twice as fast as inflation, causing severe economic harm to consumers, and

Whereas, feed prices are rising dramatically, causing severe economic harm to dairy farmers and other livestock owners, and

Whereas, the prices of basic staples such as milk and eggs have increased dramatically in recent years as the price of animal feed has grown, and

Whereas, federal food-to-fuel mandates included in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 currently divert 25 percent of America’s corn supplies and will soon divert 40 percent to our fuel supplies, and this diversion significantly increases the cost of vegetable oils for food production and feed, and

Whereas, federal food-to-fuel mandates will soon divert 30 percent of America’s vegetable oil supplies to our fuel supplies, significantly increasing the cost of vegetable oils for food production, and

Whereas, federal food-to-fuel mandates are tightening supplies of other crops contributing to higher food prices, and

Whereas, food-to-fuel mandates are creating new environmental challenges, including poor air and water quality and increased greenhouse gas emissions, and

Whereas, the Energy Independence and Security Act provides states with the power to petition the administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the amount of food being diverted to our fuel supplies, now therefore be it  

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Senate of the State of Vermont urges the Governor to utilize the waiver provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to petition the administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the amount of food being diverted into America’s fuel supplies, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of the Senate be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Governor and to the Attorney General.

 


 



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