EPA Proposes Tax on Farting Cows

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EPA Proposes Tax on Farting Cows


EPA Proposes Tax on Farting Cows

"This is one of the most ridiculous things the federal government has tried to do," said Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, an outspoken opponent of the proposal

It would require farms or ranches with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs to pay an annual fee of about $175 for each dairy cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and $20 for each hog.

Look for higher dairy prices when this one goes through.

And as a side note, just what does the EPA plan to do with the money? They going to start making large corks or something? Or is this just another example of taking something that occurs naturally, turning it into a "crisis" and charging people a tax to "solve" it?

People emit methane too! Is the government planning to tax out asses?

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Re: EPA Proposes Tax on Farting Cows
castlewp wrote:

People emit methane too! Is the government planning to tax out asses?

 More likely, they'll use the CO2 emission cap and trade to tax breathing.

 

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Re: EPA Proposes Tax on Farting Cows

 

http://www.epa.gov/rlep/faq.html

 

"Globally, ruminant livestock produce about 80 million metric tons of methane
annually, accounting for about 28% of global methane emissions
from human-related activities. An adult cow may be a very small
source by itself,
emitting only 80-110 kgs of methane, but with about 100 million
cattle in the U.S.
and 1.2 billion large ruminants in the world, ruminants are one
of the largest methane sources. 
In the U.S.
, cattle emit about
5.5 million metric tons of
methane per year into the atmosphere, accounting for 20% of U.S. methane emissions."

 

I think humans should wear catalytic convertors...a nice fashion accessory. Cool

 

CHANGE is coming....the retrograde will try to stand in the way and will be squashed.

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Re: EPA Proposes Tax on Farting Cows

Cows produce a lot of methane i think it should be gathered some how to create power. The last thing farmers want is to worry about state tax forms because of their cows.

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