Friday, December 05, 2008

Proposed fee on farting 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."

So okay then. Megabucks for the dude who invents a Cowtalitic Converter. Failing that, betcha the loons then set up farting-offset credits to sell at ridiculous prices to frightened farmers and cattlemen. "For every cow, pig or beefer you own, we'll buy similar critters then shoot them dead on the spot to offset your fart-crazed animals..."

After all is said and done it's ALWAYS about the money when it comes to such liberal nonsense.

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