Atlanta, Ga - In case you missed it, earlier this week Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper, along with Agriculture Commissioners from 11 other states, penned a letter to the leaders of six of America’s largest banks seeking information on their commitments to the United Nation’s Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA). As members of the NZBA, these banks would require customers measure and disclose GHG emissions in specific industries, including agriculture, and allow the UN’s Climate Programme to review these documents for “progress.” The letter outlines the disastrous impact these policies have had across much of Europe and in Sri Lanka â€“ farmers cut off from credit, precipitous decreases in food production, dramatic increases in food inflation and food insecurity, as well as widespread political and economic unrest. The letter further warns of the devastating impact these commitments would have on one of America’s oldest and most important industries â€“ agriculture.
“American agriculture is sending a clear signal: we will not bend the knee to the failed, left-wing climate agenda of the United Nations that seeks to cripple one of our country’s most critical industries,” said Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper. “No more than ever banks that do business with America should be unquestionably supporting American industries â€“ and that starts with the one that puts food on our tables, clothes on our backs, and shelter over our heads. The UN’s Net-Zero Banking Alliance would be the equivalent of a run on the bank for our nation’s agriculture industry and pose a serious threat to our national security â€“ and it must be stopped.”
Commissioner Harper is joined on the letter by 11 other state Agriculture Commissioners including Commissioner Rick Pate of Alabama, Commissioner Wilton Simpson of Florida, Secretary Mike Naig of Iowa, Commissioner Jonathan Shell of Kentucky, Commissioner Andy Gipson of Mississippi, Commissioner Steve Troxler of North Carolina, Commissioner Doug Goehring of North Dakota, Commissioner Hugh Weathers of South Carolina, Commissioner Sid Miller of Texas, Commissioner Mike Strain of Louisiana, and Commissioner Kent Leonhart of West Virginia.
The full letter, with citations, is available below and here.