An assessment on how climate change might affect Nebraska agriculture would be conducted under a bill moving forward in the legislature.
LB 583 advances, though some lawmakers cast doubt on whether man-made activities have spurred climate change.
Sen. Scott Price of Bellevue tells colleagues there’s no doubt the climate is changing.
“Climate change is real. The question and the debate today will be about and around is climate change impacted as much as some would say on mankind?”
Price served as a climatologist for the Air Force for years and cautions lawmakers against making too much of a relatively short period of time that climate data has been collected. Even though climate data has been gathered for the past 300 years, Price sees it as only a snapshot in time; a blip.
Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm, sponsor of LB 583, states the controversy surrounding climate change shouldn’t derail the effort to study how it might affect agricultural production in Nebraska.
“You know, people have brought up some good points here. Is there global warming? Is there global cooling? Either one of those has an impact on Nebraska agriculture.”
The bill would provide $40,000 for the Nebraska Climate Assessment Response Committee to study the potential impact climate change could have on Nebraska agriculture. The committee would have to submit a preliminary report by September of next year and file its final report by the end of next year.