The seppos are looking at fart taxes now

We managed to defeat Helen Clark’s plans to impose fart taxes on the nations cattle.

The battle is only beginning in the US where a wider ranging fart tax is being proposed.

Last month, the President released?a climate action plan?designed to cut methane emissions.

If you are a cow, be afraid. Be very afraid.

The same goes for humans.

The plan outlines voluntary measures, such as a ?Biogas Roadmap,? to reduce dairy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. There?s concern though that these measures merely represent the tip of the iceberg.

Agriculture accounts for only about?8 percent?of all greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Within that 8 percent, the?second largest?source of agriculture emissions is enteric fermentation?the digestive process that leads to cow methane emissions, which are?emittedin ways that are not appreciated at dinner parties. Methane emissions from enteric fermentation, while covering numerous livestock animals, are?overwhelmingly?from cows.

Since 1990, methane emissions have fallen about?11 percent.?According?to the White House, this decline occurred ?even as activities that can produce methane have increased.?? Methane emissions from livestock animals have remained relatively flat since 1990, slightly increasing by only about 2 percent.? From 2008?2012, the methane emissions from livestock animals actually declined by about 4 percent.

There?s?nothing?the U.S. can do in terms of reducing GHG emissions that would have anymeaningful impact?on global temperature. Given the miniscule contribution cows make to GHG emissions, any efforts to address cows and their GHG emissions is all cost and no benefit.

Yet, the regulation of cow emissions could be on the horizon. While no regulations are planned as of now (as far as the public knows), it?s na?ve to think that any voluntary measures related to global warming won?t lead to new regulations.

Give politicians and control freaks a sniff of a trough of cash and they will dream up multiple ways in which they can sup from the trough.

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