So far we have understood how Al Gore wants us to curb greenhouse emissions. Now, the EPA is upset with the methane gas that is propelled from every cow, and wants to tax each cow for chewing its cud and then having the audacity to belch methane gas. It is an inconvenient truth that cows and pigs are to blame in 18% of earth's greenhouse emissions.
What is the farmer or rancher to do when it comes to controlling cow gas farts? Nothing except pay tax on every head of cattle. Who knew? Gore never told anyone.
Since methane emissions - a type of greenhouse gas - are a natural byproduct of cattle and other livestock, the U.S. cattle industry could be subject to an onslaught of unfair lawsuits, as a new wave of litigation could be created by the EPA's findings that blame livestock producers for a litany of health problems," the group wrote. "The resulting costs of this legal liability, or even the costs of simply preparing for potential litigation, could run many farmers and ranchers out of business at a time when they are coping with one of the worst economic recessions this nation has ever seen.
Even with the new tax, farmers will be forced to pass the increased cost of beef and dairy production onto the consumer...of course!
There is a solution if our government will hold its horses. There is a biogas company in Oregon that wants to produce green energy,such as electricity, by using old tires as a growing medium for cow manure. This company claims it could clean the methane from cow poop. Here is how the Oregon Environmental News explains the process:
Northwest Biogas has proposed using the waste tires inside the lined and covered digester. The company has agreed to clean, remove and recycle the tires if the facility ceases operation.
The dairy cows each produce 120 pounds of waste daily, including water used to flush away the manure. The waste is routed into manure lagoons, where it releases methane. The digester would use only a fraction of the manure -- from about 1,000 to 1,400 cows.
Now, wouldn't the idea above be more reasonable than the EPA penalizing Americans because cows pass gas? It would also save the cow's dignity knowing that its manure was being used to provide a natural,alternative,pure, and clean green energy.