Cow fart tax !?! More EPA insanity.

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.*—* For farmers, this stinks: Belching and gaseous cows and hogs could start costing them money if a federal proposal to charge fees for air-polluting animals becomes law. Farmers so far are turning their noses up at the notion, which is one of several put forward by the Environmental Protection Agency after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that greenhouse gases emitted by belching and flatulence amounts to air pollution. "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. The executive vice president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, Ken Hamilton, estimated the fee would cost owners of a modest-sized cattle ranch $30,000 to $40,000 a year. He said he has talked to a number of livestock owners about the proposals, and "all have said if the fees were carried out, it would bankrupt them."

    More here

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,462445,00.html
     
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    Why don't they just give the cows some beano?
     
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    A-freaking-maizing
     
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    A really stupid idea. When there were vast herds of wildebeast and buffalo, the amount of CH4 was not increasing. The cows are not the problem. Intensive rice farming was the problem, with the introduction of dryland rice, the atmospheric CH4 increase had ceased. Now, for the last two years, it has increased. The present problem is not cows, but the warming of the artic ocean and the release of the clathrates in that ocean.
     
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    Here's the relevant part of the article that failed to get posted:



    I know manufactured outrage like this helps ratings on the Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck shows. But, its all bullshit. This tax, the way its described, will never happen. I suspect what went down, is that EPA drafted an environmental impact report, that (by law) probably has to assess all possible options. Including ridiculous ones that will never be enacted. That's what those type of reports do, They evaluate every thing under the sun, so policy makers will have information on the full spectrum of what is possible. But, they don't recommend what is probable or likely to happen. Its the same reason the Pentagon keeps contingency plans for invading Canada or Iceland. They're just contingencies for looking at everything under the sun that is theoretically possible, but will almost certainly never happen in reality.



    FOXNews.com - Farmers target EPA report they say might tax cows - Business And Money | Business News | Financial News
     
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    Busted!
     
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    The problem is these type things do get enacted and that is why every small family farm is up in arms trying to get some attention to the matter.

    If it were not the case that these type rules were not put in place they would not all be screaming about the mandate to pay veri-sign about $3.00 bucks each time they have to put a chip in their animals.
     
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    I suspect that you really have no idea and are just guessing.

    "EPA officials said the agency has not taken a position on any of the matters discussed in its response to the Supreme Court ruling."

    "EPA is not proposing any type of tax on livestock," he said

    A true statement...it will be an impact fee.
     
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    I am for regulating pollution but this is crap especially since my brother is rancher in Wyomnin raising cattle. And in regards to Wyomning, I have seen more ranchers doing more to raise open range beef without all the hormones then many other places with a higher cost of raising them. Plus I guess my dad might be getting fined now also!:lol:
     

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