Peters, Stabenow Help Senate Pass the Bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) helped the Senate pass the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021, which provides resources and incentives to help farmers, ranchers and foresters implement climate-conscious practices to benefit the environment, while boosting Michigan’s economy and generating new sources of income through carbon markets. The legislation was introduced by Stabenow and co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 52 Senators, including Peters.

“Climate change poses an immediate threat to the precious natural resources we all depend on in Michigan – not to mention our health, economy and national security,” said Senator Peters. “This legislation will not only provide support to our farmers, ranchers, and foresters seeking to implement climate and environmentally conscious practices – it will also bolster our nation’s agriculture sector, which is critical to our economy and success in combatting climate change. I am proud to help pass this bipartisan bill championed by Senator Stabenow that will help strengthen our climate resiliency.”

“Climate change is affecting Michigan farmers, foresters, and rural communities at every turn,” said Senator Stabenow. “Right now, 90 percent of Michigan is in a drought, and whether it’s the early thaws and freezes that have hurt our cherry crop, the flooding that is eroding our shoreline, or the pests that harm our forests, Michigan producers are looking for solutions. The Growing Climate Solutions Act provides the resources and expertise to help our growers address this crisis. It is another important part of my commitment to supporting Michigan farmers and foresters as they lead the way in addressing the climate crisis through effective conservation efforts.”

In addition, more than 175 national farm organizations, food and agriculture companies, and environmental advocates have expressed their support for the bill, including Michigan Agri-Business Association, Michigan Farm Bureau, the Nature Conservancy in Michigan, Michigan State University, Kellogg’s and Michigan Milk Producers.