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EPA Wants to Tax Cow Farts


EPA 'Cow Tax' Could Charge $175 per Dairy Cow to Curb Greenhouse Gases

Farm Bureau warns just this one rule may increase milk production costs up to 8 cents a gallon.






Call this one of the newest and innovative ways your government has come up with to battle greenhouse gas emissions.



Indirectly it could be considered a cheeseburger tax, but one of the suggestions offered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act is to levy a tax on livestock.



The ANPR, released early this year, would give the EPA the authority to regulate greenhouse gas for not only greenhouse gas from manmade sources like transportation and industry, but also “stationary” sources which would include livestock.



The New York Farm Bureau assigned a price tag to the cost of greenhouse gas regulation by the EPA in a release last month.



“The tax for dairy cows could be $175 per cow, and $87.50 per head of beef cattle. The tax on hogs would upwards of $20 per hog,” the release said. “Any operation with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs would have to obtain permits.”



Kate Galbraith, correspondent for The New York Times, noted on the Times’ “Green Inc.” blog that such a “proposal is far from being enacted” and that the “hysteria may be premature.”



But Rick Krause, senior director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau, warned it’s certainly feasible – especially based on the rhetoric of President-elect Barack Obama and the use of the EPA to combat global warming. Such action by an Obama administration would take an act of Congress for livestock to be exempt.



“The new president has been on record as saying that he really supports regulating greenhouse gases out of the Clean Air Act,” Krause said to the Business & Media Institute. “So, we really have to keep an eye on it. Legislation would really be the only way to exempt it at this point – the cow tax.”



Krause said it is difficult to quantify the cost that might be passed directly to the consumer by farmers from the legislation, but predicted it would mean higher costs for dairy production.



“It’s hard to figure what it would do to consumer prices since farmers, unlike other industries, really can’t pass their cost along directly like utilities and things do,” “About the only thing we could realistically come up, in terms of any of this stuff – it would add between 7 and 8 cents per gallon of milk costs to farmers. So it would cost them 7 or 8 cents more to produce a gallon of milk.”



Even the Department of Agriculture warned the EPA that smaller farms and ranches would have difficulty with limits as much as 100 tons annually on emissions:



“If GHG emissions from agricultural sources are regulated under the CAA, numerous farming operations that currently are not subject to the costly and time-consuming Title V permitting process would, for the first time, become covered entities. Even very small agricultural operations would meet a 100-tons-per-year emissions threshold. For example, dairy facilities with over 25 cows, beef cattle operations of over 50 cattle, swine operations with over 200 hogs, and farms with over 500 acres of corn may need to get a Title V permit. It is neither efficient nor practical to require permitting and reporting of GHG emissions from farms of this size. Excluding only the 200,000 largest commercial farms, our agricultural landscape is comprised of 1.9 million farms with an average value of production of $25,589 on 271 acres. These operations simply could not bear the regulatory compliance costs that would be involved

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  • Ed 2010/01/25 01:02:25
    Ed
    +5
    ARE THEY F**KING CRAZY A tax on flatulence A freaking tax on cow and pig farts, there has to be one particular indivudual that came up with this crazy idea to tax farts.

    I want a name yes a person's name and i really hope it's a guy cuz what i wanna say and what i wanna do to this idiot, Pelosi would be the only female I'd say it too and that's cuz i don't consider her a woman she's a female dog. AGGGGGRRRRRRRRRR.

    Taxing farts, how nice.

    I'd like to know the idiot's name because I'll f***ing lose it I'll get on my freaking bike (NO BAFFLES YOU HEAR ME EPA NO BAFFLES STRAIGHT PIPES LOUD FKING BIKE SOUNDS LIKE HELL'S COMING WITH ME) and I'm gonna stop at every Taco Bell on the way and eat bean burritos all my way there and hold it cus when I get to their office im gonna let it all lose, yes I'll go to their g'damnd office just like tey rammed the spending bill to America I'm gonna ram a freaking empty bottle of Jack Daniles a big damned liter, big a55 bottle O'Jackie D up their frkng a55 and tell the mf to bottle their own f***ing farts unless they're willing to a gree to a deal we won't tax the hot air coming out of their burnt bird brain tree hugging heads or the methane coming out of their rear when I take the bottle back out from their freaking a55 and we call it even, ...

    ARE THEY F**KING CRAZY A tax on flatulence A freaking tax on cow and pig farts, there has to be one particular indivudual that came up with this crazy idea to tax farts.

    I want a name yes a person's name and i really hope it's a guy cuz what i wanna say and what i wanna do to this idiot, Pelosi would be the only female I'd say it too and that's cuz i don't consider her a woman she's a female dog. AGGGGGRRRRRRRRRR.

    Taxing farts, how nice.

    I'd like to know the idiot's name because I'll f***ing lose it I'll get on my freaking bike (NO BAFFLES YOU HEAR ME EPA NO BAFFLES STRAIGHT PIPES LOUD FKING BIKE SOUNDS LIKE HELL'S COMING WITH ME) and I'm gonna stop at every Taco Bell on the way and eat bean burritos all my way there and hold it cus when I get to their office im gonna let it all lose, yes I'll go to their g'damnd office just like tey rammed the spending bill to America I'm gonna ram a freaking empty bottle of Jack Daniles a big damned liter, big a55 bottle O'Jackie D up their frkng a55 and tell the mf to bottle their own f***ing farts unless they're willing to a gree to a deal we won't tax the hot air coming out of their burnt bird brain tree hugging heads or the methane coming out of their rear when I take the bottle back out from their freaking a55 and we call it even, This is frnkggdamnedsilly stupida55madness, our fkngidiotasininePOS POTUStaxing farts. gdmndfrkngfnkingidiots, damnedfrankenfruiters bottle freaking a55 frnkggdamnedsilly stupida55madness fkngidiotasininepos potustaxing farts gdmndfrkngfnkingidiots damnedfrankenfruiters

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  • Christine/Rest in peace Pet... 2010/02/02 05:29:31
    Christine/Rest in peace Peter Br
    Will we be wearing gas monitors soon?
  • Cajun4396 2010/01/26 22:59:12
    Cajun4396
    i think gas-x would be a lot cheaper... I'm buying their stock!!! The EPA is going to liberal for me...
  • beachbum 2010/01/26 21:36:44 (edited)
    beachbum
    +1
    What if my cows, pigs and sheep fart less than the ones down the road? What then? Will I still have to pay as much? Who is going to regulate how much farting is going on? Is someone going to have to count these farts?
  • jscusmc69 2010/01/26 21:31:15
    jscusmc69
    +1
    Would be better if they TAXED all the BS HOT air coming from DC--including Obama!!
    Well Crap and TAX is still alive according to Pislousy!!
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_wj9...
    dc--including obama crap tax alive pislousy http2 bp blogspot comwj9
    dc--including obama crap tax alive pislousy http2 bp blogspot comwj9
  • beachbum jscusmc69 2010/01/26 21:38:17
    beachbum
    +2
    How about if everyone in DC just paid their taxes? How about if they paid their fair share of taxes? This country would be SO overwhelmingly rich if they did........
  • jscusmc69 beachbum 2010/01/26 21:42:13
    jscusmc69
    +1
    Thats another good start to---AND take away all their spiffs!! I say AUDIT ALL of them and if they made ANYTHING from ANY government contract,deal or other under the table doings---seize all of their property!! Pesllousy --90MILLION and her HUBBY has even more--if I remember HE made about 25 million on a deal his wifey put together--buying an old pier--oops ALMOST forgot his South Seas contract---sea food!
  • beachbum jscusmc69 2010/01/26 22:20:02
    beachbum
    +1
    By their spiffs, I assume you mean their lifetime perks - that alone has got to be bankrupting the country.
  • jscusmc69 beachbum 2010/01/26 22:35:30
    jscusmc69
    Yup!!!! Even those who have resigned due to what ever problems still get all teh benefits!!
    Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
    Ronald Reagan
  • melee 2010/01/26 11:29:05
    melee
    WTF have they lost their minds. I guess the Farmer can claim the cost on his taxes. You can't tell a cow not to Fart because it will cost me money!!!!! Our Government has been struck with Stupidity since Obama took office. What next?
  • lee 2010/01/26 02:10:45
    lee
    Cow belching not flatulence. listen to the report. How about a beefless Monday
  • Zoel 2010/01/26 01:11:02
    Zoel
    I think Pelosi should be apointed to monitor the "Cow Fart" situation once Republicans break the Obama stronghold on Washington. She will have considerably more time on her hands.

  • none 2010/01/25 19:04:04
    none
    One more thing in a line of ever more stupid ideas that are going to destroy businesses in America. When things are tough on Americans and ranchers in particular this is no time to make things worse.
  • Charles E 2010/01/25 17:47:15
    Charles E
    It is not a greenhouse tax, it is a tax on food production. Proudly promoted by the vegetables, i mean fanatical vegans, in the Obama cabinet.
    More power for the government over the people, and more of our money for them to control us.
  • Widoe 2010/01/25 16:47:26
    Widoe
    Wait, if you have over a certain number of animals, you have to get a permit? A farting permit? Seriously?
    And what about dog farts? Those are noxious.
    Will farm animals now get to vote? No taxation without representation!!
  • johnnywoo 2010/01/25 16:00:52
    johnnywoo
    The stupid E.P.A. needs to go the way of the DINOSAURS...What a bunch of bull-hockey! Its got to be some Liberal axx in Congress or Senate to come up with this kind of crap!! Just another way to tax the poor farmer.This country is going to hell in a hand basket!
  • hook 2010/01/25 12:25:35
    hook
    arrrgh!! arrrgh
  • Mike 2010/01/25 12:01:10
    Mike
    +1
    Just more Al Gore bullsh!t.
  • TCFla 2010/01/25 05:59:59
    TCFla
    +1
    So is a fartometer attached to each bovine to calculate how many farts have to be taxed? And does this create a job for a fartometer reader? And will a Fart Czar have to be appointed to oversee the process?
  • Matt Wayne 2010/01/25 05:51:49 (edited)
    Matt Wayne
    +1
    This is so funny. I'm sorry I didn't read this sooner. Maybe they'll tax Michelle Obama everytime she breaks wind. All the food she consumes her farts would have to be ghastly. I imagine they would burn your nose. The government would get a lot of money from the Obamas. I wish I could give you more raves for this one.
  • wtw 2010/01/25 05:43:57
    wtw
    All based on bad science that has been proven false!

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