HCR 24 – AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 24
This house concurrent resolution supports the initiative for the production by agriculture of 25 percent of the country’s energy by the year 2025.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Six
A RESOLUTION supporting the increased production of renewable energy by the agricultural community.
Whereas, having an affordable, reliable, and plentiful energy supply is critical to our economy, as well as our national and international food supply; and
Whereas, current and future risks to United States energy security are mounting while domestic and global energy demands are growing exponentially; and
Whereas, this country has tremendous renewable energy resources; and
Whereas, the development of a broad spectrum of renewable energy sources, including wind power, biodiesel, biomass, methane digesters, ethanol, and solar, benefits the environment and will have a direct economic benefit to agricultural landowners and rural communities; and
Whereas, rural communities and agriculture sectors will experience multiple benefits, including establishing additional markets for agricultural commodities; increasing farm income; creating added-value uses for crops, livestock, and their byproducts; more productive use of marginal lands; the resolution of air, water, and soil quality problems that may arise from agricultural operations; improving wildlife habitat; and creating many new job opportunities; and
Whereas, solar and wind energy can be captured on the vast land areas managed by United States agriculture, and technology and production capabilities allow America’s farmers and ranchers to play a major role in ensuring a fully sustainable energy system; and
Whereas, American agriculture is well positioned to play an expanded role in the development and implementation of new energy solutions and with appropriate technological innovation, incentives, and investments, America’s farms and ranches can become the factories that produce a new generation of fuels to help meet the nation’s energy needs; and
Whereas, the so-called “25 by 25” initiative is an agriculturally led initiative that envisions America’s farms and ranches producing 25 percent of America’s energy demand by the year 2025 while continuing to produce abundant, safe, and affordable food and fiber; and
Whereas, agriculture’s role as an energy producer will have a positive effect on national security and trade imbalances, and will serve as a catalyst for development in rural parts of New Hampshire and the nation; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the general court of New Hampshire support the vision of “25 by 25” whereby agriculture will provide 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States by the year 2025, while continuing to produce abundant, safe, and affordable food and fiber; and
That a copy of this resolution, signed by the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate, be forwarded by the house clerk to the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and the members of the New Hampshire congressional delegation.