Feds Propose Taxing Farmers for Cow Farts
This is the direction that the country may be headed in under an Obama presidency that worries me. A federal proposal will soon be debated that would tax farmers for air pollution because of gaseous farm animals. I am not making this up, I couldn’t make something like this up. Please read this paragraph again if you think that you read it wrong.
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.
EPA spokesman Nick Butterfield said the fee was proposed for farms with livestock operations that emit more than 100 tons of carbon emissions in a year and fall under federal Clean Air Act provisions.
I understand that this has nothing to do directly with president-elect Obama but this is an indication of the direction that we are headed under the next administration. The president-elect has promised to take a hands on approach to help solve the “global warming crisis” and there will be many more taxes, fees, and fines to come. This is only the beginning. But this isn’t even what I find the most disheartening about this whole proposal.
What bothers me the most is the fact that this whole idea of taxing farmers for cow farts was born from a supreme court decision that the EPA had the right to regulate cow farts because it amounted to air pollution.
the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that greenhouse gases emitted by belching and flatulence amounts to air pollution.
This decision was rendered under the new supreme court that includes President Bush’s two supreme court appointees. What a horrible decision this was. How the hell can the supreme court rule that belching is air pollution? President Bush’s supreme court appointees were what I thought would be the presidents lasting legacy and maybe they will be. But maybe his appointments will be his legacy for the wrong reasons. This truly is a disappointment.
This supreme court ruling has opened the door to let the EPA begin to assert their global warming agenda and with the new president about to be sworn in they will have an all to willing accomplish to further their global warming taxation agenda.
It has only just begun.