Three forums on clean energy and pending legislation that could affect both communities and agriculture will be held in Indiana this week. The sponsor is a group called RePower America. The first press release detailing these meetings appeared on www.insideIndianabusiness.com.
The three forums are scheduled as follows: Monday, April 19, Newton County Extension Office, Morocco, 6 p.m. CST (local time); Wednesday, April 21, Tipton County Foundation Building, Tipton, 6 p.m. EST; and Tuesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. EST at the Jennings County Public Library in North Vernon. Please check with the local location if you're unclear about what time the meeting will be held.
Each one is slated as a forum where business leaders, community organizations and agriculture industry officials will discuss impacts of clan energy legislation on the farming community in Indiana.
The list of speakers varies somewhat from place to place, but at each forum, there will be a wide range of people with varying views on the energy situation on the panel. For example, at Newton County, the speakers range from Otto Doering, a Purdue University Extension ag economist who deals with national policy that affects agriculture, to Bob White, of the group known as 25 x25, dedicated to improving America's overall energy situation by 2025. The same meeting also features Nancy Wagoner of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Her biography says she's a climate change campaign coordinator for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Appearing on the panel at all three meetings will be David Galvin of Galvin Global Strategies. His firm focuses on bringing carbon market resources to both private and public renewable energy projects.
Kent Yeager, Indiana Farm Bureau, will also appear on all three panels. He's a former farmer and still a landowner from Mauckport, Ind., who is heavily involved in carrying out policy approved by Indiana Farm Bureau members.
Yeager moderated a panel of utility company representatives at a Farm Bureau breakout session during the state convention in Fort Wayne in November. Indiana Farm Bureau was opposed to the 'Cap and Trade' proposal as it existed then, and is still opposed to the proposal today. The proposal has changed somewhat since that time.