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Proposed fee on smelly cows, hogs angers farmers

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.  More HERE

So now the government and the greenie-weenies want to impose a cow-fart tax on farmers.    This would put many farmers out of business, but that is ok with this moonbat in the article:

“It makes perfect sense if you are looking for ways to cut down on meat consumption and recoup environmental losses,” said Bruce Friedrich, a spokesman in Washington for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

A voice of reason, US Rep Robert Aderhold, doesn’t think the fart-tax will be taken seriously enough to be adopted, but then again, weirder things have come out of Washington.


December 6, 2008 - Posted by | DuMasses, Moonbats, Politics, trucking | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for the mention (though I don’t know that I’ve ever heard the term “moonbat” used for one of ours). This legislation is intended to curb the already looming global climate change crisis by reducing the methane emissions from cows and pigs. You can find out more about why meat is bad for the environment here:

    Comment by Lianne | December 8, 2008 | Reply

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