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rdowns
Dec 5, 2008, 10:19 AM
Proposed fee on smelly cows, hogs angers farmers (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iSklPDE9hZwHP3EXsezjC_wjuRLgD94SE64G0)


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — 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.


I'm all for green initiatives but this strikes me as a bit out there.

Drumjim85
Dec 5, 2008, 10:34 AM
reminds me of that southpark episode...

MacBoobsPro
Dec 5, 2008, 10:41 AM
They'll be taxing us to breathe oxygen next as it is depleting the earths reserves.

Peterkro
Dec 5, 2008, 10:43 AM
It was causing a bit of a stink in NZ a while ago:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/sep/05/australia.davidfickling

themoonisdown09
Dec 5, 2008, 10:45 AM
If they're going to start taxing for cow farts, what about human farts? No more Mexican food for me.

Is there something so toxic in the cows that makes the air unbreathable?

Sun Baked
Dec 5, 2008, 10:48 AM
If they're going to start taxing for cow farts, what about human farts? No more Mexican food for me.

Is there something so toxic in the cows that makes the air unbreathable?

I think methane gas is a stronger greenhouse gas than CO2, but the only way to stop both on a living organism is the eat the cow.

themoonisdown09
Dec 5, 2008, 10:50 AM
I think methane gas is a stronger greenhouse gas than CO2, but the only way to stop both on a living organism is the eat the cow.

I love to eat cows. Steak is my friend. I have no problem with being a part of the solution by eating them.

CalBoy
Dec 5, 2008, 11:43 AM
So is the tax per head?

If it is, I'm all for it. Cows pollute in so many ways aside from their flatulence, and their meat is not very environmentally friendly (which doesn't stop me from enjoying a steak every so often, but I would probably enjoy it less often if the prices were even higher).