Thursday, April 3, 2014

Examining Obama's Environmental Obsessions on Cow Farts

Once again, the Obama White House is seeking to clean up the environment by cutting down cow farts.  In June, the USDA, EPA, and DOE will release "Biogas Roadmap" in conjunction with the dairy industry to outline "voluntary strategies" to reduce agricultural methane output by 25% in 2020.  

While we will have to wait to learn the details of the road-map , it is reasonable to assume that there is not a  catalytic converter to be placed on each cow as has been done for scientific studies.

Cow flatulence tank used in 2008 Argentine study on Global Warming

 Thus, it is likely to mean that the agricultural industry will be pressured to reduce their livestock by what could be called a cow fart tax.  This would adversely affect small cattle ranchers as well as reduce the cows available to abattoirs and dairies.  

What does higher taxes, less product and constant demand mean?  Price increases for consumers with the potentiality of bail outs for any losses to big agricultural producers.  And Americans are nudged to comply with Global Warming and Agenda 21 goals, all without legislation or input from the people.  How convenient!

This crusade against cow farts is nothing new. In late 2008, the EPA sought to regulate agricultural methane emissions through a tax which would amounted on a $175 per head levy on cattle.    Even President Ronald Reagan rightly realized that trees cause more pollution than automobiles do".  

Although methane emissions have fallen by 11% since 1990, fact do not get in the way of agenda environmentalist.  Progressives want to control ordinary people's lives via the Nanny State to force their agenda without their consent.  This sort of nudge fits into Obama's pre-election vow of "fundamentally transforming the United States of America."

Yet it is unlikely that the elite will live by those same rules.  But as George Orwell observed in Animal Farm (1946):  "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others".  Much like bovine flatulence-- it stinks.

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