Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
The American Farm Bureau Federation is pointing its pitchforks at the Senate climate bill with a major new lobbying campaign, "Don't CAP our Future."
The Farm Bureau has been voicing opposition to climate action since the House passed a bill in June, expressing discontent with the concessions that they helped secure in that bill for agriculture. Now they're urging members of the agriculture community to oppose the Senate bill—and raising doubts about whether climate change is a concern.
"Activists claim there will be droughts, floods, loss of species and more, if the Senate does not pass the Climate Change bill. But their bill wouldn't even help the climate," they argue on their website, instructing members to write letters to their senator. "The fact is politics is driving the need for passage—not facts! The cap-and-trade bill does nothing for Climate Change—it's simply a tax on U.S. energy that gives other countries a free pass. That's wrong. This is the kind of policy we ask you to stand against today."
According to a memo emailed to Farm Bureau members and obtained by Mother Jones, they're also urging state bureaus to hand-deliver to their senators' in-state offices farmer-style hats—or, if you prefer, "farmer caps"— bearing a AFB sticker opposing the legislation. They're also sending starter kits for the campaign to their state affiliates by November 6.
Using the familiar farmer cap and the "Don't CAP Our Future" message sticker to brand the cap with opposition to the issue, state Farm Bureaus can influence your Senators with a visual impact. The farmer caps plan is designed to be used in the state and multiple events.