Sunday, March 30, 2014

White House looks to regulate cow flatulence

That's the headline, over at the Daily Caller.  I'm trying to decide if this article is news, or parody, but much of this administration can be read as parody.  However, Milady heard me snorting, and asked what I was laughing about.  So I read her this blurb.
“Of all domestic animal types, beef and dairy cattle were by far the largest emitters of [methane],” according to an EPA analysis charting greenhouse gas emissions in 2012. Cows and other animals produce methane through digestion, which ferments the food of animals.

Milady laughed too, and said "Yeah, y'all get right on that."


Ed Jones said...

I remember a storie of a barn blowing up because of methane. I guess they need to put gas collectors on the feed sheds, compress it and use it to run there tractors.

Goatwhiskers said...

Ed, there are some huge corporate dairy and hog farms that have done just that. They flush the building out into a covered pit and collect the methane, use it to fuel a lot of stuff, but not the tractors, they're diesel. GW

JoeMama said...

It is my hope that the Executive Branch will force every methane countermeasure, for every cow, calf, goat, sheep, etc. to pass the same scrutiny that the Keystone Pipeline has been subjected to. Pipes leak. Catalysts become poisoned. Our environment and economy deserve the same protections from cow farts as from dinosaur farts.

I believe that the current system, poop falling on the ground, should be grandfathered until such time the countermeasures pass muster.

Rich Jordan said...

This will be an excuse to tax meat, and likely dairy products to cover the alleged 'environmental costs' of the critter flatulence.

Do you remember "Seaquest DSV"? A show about a super-submarine with very environmentalist/green bent? One show had a side story about a guy managing to get hold of a frozen chunk of ground beef, an uber rate commodity because the UN had banned cattle ranching and meat production for environmental reasons. Bet the current crop of statists running the EPA would be cool with that eventuality.