Tuesday, December 9, 2008

EPA to tax farm animal ‘exhaust’

It is most likely a sign of noxious things to come: The Environmental Protection Agency is moving toward taxing cows, hogs and possibly other gas-emitting barnyard critters.

The EPA is proposing to impose levies on farms or ranches with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs at the rate of about $175 for each dairy cow, $87.50 per head of beef, and $20 per hog.

It’s a plan farmers say stinks to high heaven, and one has to wonder what it will do to the cost of food. The Supreme Court opened the way to this in 2007 by ruling that all those barnyard burps and farts were legally air pollution and could be taxed – fined, really – accordingly.

The U.S. has an awful lot of cows and pigs, but even more people – and while our contributions to methane and other greenhouse gases may be individually small (spouses’ assertions notwithstanding), I can see a day when the EPA will decide we have to pay twice for last night’s chili dinner.

Seriously, it’s another example of bureaucracy and “science” running amok. As diesel engine emissions are being trimmed down to practically nothing, don’t be surprised if the EPA desk drivers start looking around for something else to hammer us with. Maybe to reduce tire wear so invisible particles of rubber don’t litter the landscape? I could dig a floating truck.

Better yet, all those livestock haulers could hook their cargo up to gas collectors and use it to power their rigs. That would be a practical use for the methane the EPA is putting out …

6 comments:

  1. And everyone one wonders what drives people to commit mayhem? I am telling you that the very LAST thing we need is more beaurocacy taxing us in yet another way until we can no longer carry the burden. What is wrong with these idiots? Do they think that the supply of money is endless? One of these days the taxpayers of this country are going to say "ENOUGH" and will refuse to support all this government waste. As a taxpayer it is hard for me to be concerned about global warming when I can hardly scrape enough money together to keep the IRS off my back. Someone told me once the only thing a person has to do is pay taxes and die . . . when is someone at the EPA going to decide that when you reach the age of ??? you are no longer productive, emit too much carbon monoxide and therefore should be euphemized. Think this is ridiculous? That's what I thought about taxing animals who emit too much gas, and yet here we are! These people are literally off their rockers.

    Norma from Nebraska

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  2. I agree with you. These animals are just doing what comes naturally to them. Does this mean that the EPA is going to start imposing levies and taxes on us humans for burping and farting. I mean, I have been around people who smell worse than any animal when they let loose. The farmers have enough troubles and costs. Why add more? Who does the government think will end up paying for these levies? I can tell you. We, the consumer, in the way of higher prices for all commodities.

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  3. NOW THIS IS ALL KINDS OF BULL-COW-PIG-CHICKEN SHIT.

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  4. This IS some very serious "shit" folks....
    It's HIGH TIME all these idiot regulations are put to an end. Farming is going to cease to exist in this country in a few short years if all these stupid outrageous regulations are not brought under control.
    Ask yourself....Do you want ALL of your food coming from 3rd world countries? China for example...will be a major player in this market....Do you think they give a rats azz about food shipped to America?? Remember the pet food fiasco earlier this year and all the deaths? This IS what we face if we take this path. It IS certain we are going to. Wait till our food supply is held hostage to an OPEC style of supply and demand and cost, not to mention all of the banned chemicals and additives they will be using to produce this food then ship it to us to EAT.
    Come on folks....This all must be stopped before its too late!

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  5. First off How did the EPA get to ditate in this country? Small farms are already being run out because of high taxes. But for some do good geek to ride by a farm & say it smells too much is ludicrous. Do these people not eat meat or vegetables? When you have to depend on other countries for your food suppley they can easily cut you off just like in days of old & starve you out of your castle. These other countries do not have the chemical controls over their use of fertilizers and pesticides the USA does. Is some power trying to do away with us all?

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  6. First off How did the EPA get to ditate in this country? Small farms are already being run out because of high taxes. But for some do good geek to ride by a farm & say it smells too much is ludicrous. Do these people not eat meat or vegetables? When you have to depend on other countries for your food suppley they can easily cut you off just like in days of old & starve you out of your castle. These other countries do not have the chemical controls over their use of fertilizers and pesticides the USA does. Is some power trying to do away with us all?

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