Obama Administration Wants to Regulate Cow Flatulence as Part of “Climate Change” Agenda
Here’s proof that combating “climate change” will bring about a tsunami of intrusive–yet laughably futile–government regulations. The Obama administration wants to crack down on cows who create “methane emissions” by passing gas.
The idea of a bunch of bureaucrats passing regulations on cow “emissions” is mind-bogglingly ridiculous. What are they going to do, fine the cows? Ration the belches and farts? Don’t these people have anything better to do?
The White House has proposed: cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by 2020. Although U.S. agriculture only accounts for about 9 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it makes up a sizeable portion of methane emissions – which is a very potent greenhouse gas.
“Cows emit a massive amount of methane through belching, with a lesser amount through flatulence,” according to How Stuff Works. “Statistics vary regarding how much methane the average dairy cow expels. Some experts say 100 liters to 200 liters a day… while others say it’s up to 500 liters… a day. In any case, that’s a lot of methane, an amount comparable to the pollution produced by a car in a day.”
But we can’t just laugh this off. Next, they’ll tell us cow flatulence is melting the ice caps, so we can’t raise them for beef anymore. “Climate change” is a blank check for government regulations: restrictions on what we eat, what we drive, how many squares of toilet paper we can use, and what kind of light bulbs we can install in private homes. And that’s frightening, not funny.
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