"Agriculture Offsets -- a Savior or a Boondoggle?"

"A dispute is heating up over the role of farms and forests in climate legislation.

Supporters of agricultural offsets, which fund projects that do things like install methane capture systems over animal-waste lagoons, say they are critical in helping the United States meet mandatory cuts in greenhouse gas output.

But others raise questions about whether a global warming bill under consideration in the House could fall apart because of uncertainties about how to measure, verify and enforce these offsets."

Christa Marshall reports for Climatewire in the New York Times June 12, 2009.

See Also:

"Democrats Struggling for Consensus on Climate Bills" (Washington Post)

"Lobbyists Battle Over Climate Bill's Escape Hatch on Carbon Penalties" (Greenwire/NYTimes)

"Agriculture Showdown to Shape Next-Gen Offsets, Biofuels" (Reuters)

"Using Offsets To Push Climate Bill" (Albany Times Union)

Source: ClimateWire, 06/15/2009