Skip to comments.Farmers Panic About a ‘Cow Tax’ [greenhouse gas regulation......]
Posted on 12/01/2008 11:21:21 AM PST by Sub-Driver
Farmers Panic About a Cow Tax By Kate Galbraith Should their greenhouse gases be taxed? (Photo: Steve Ruark for The New York Times)
The comment period for the Environmental Protection Agencys exploration of greenhouse gas regulation ended last Friday, with farmers lobbying furiously against the notion of a cow tax on methane, a potent greenhouse gas emitted by livestock.
The New York Farm Bureau issued a statement last week (PDF) saying it feared that a tax could reach $175 per cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and upward of $20 for each hog.
Such a tax would represent a massive hit on our industry here in New York, said Peter Gregg, a spokesman for the farm bureau, in an interview.
You could take all of our cows together and they probably wouldnt have the same effect on the atmosphere than the average traffic jam on the Tappan Zee Bridge, he added.
Farm officials from Texas to Alabama also sounded the alarm, and Mr. Gregg said that the response in New York among farmers was almost a panic.
The hysteria may be premature, however. The E.P.A. indeed issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking this summer that called for public comments on the idea of regulating greenhouse gas emissions from cars, as well as stationary sources which, yes, would include cows and other livestock.
(Excerpt) Read more at greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com ...
Any tax is a good tax, and any excuse is a good excuse, when you’re a left-wing nutcase.
Solution to high milk prices. Kill the cows to teach them a lesson. MOOOOOOO
It’s their patriotic duty ...
The goal of “Global Warming” is to control people, to punish them for choosing “unapproved” behaviors and consumption.
This is the same goal for “universal healthcare” - to control behavior.
Cow Tax thanks to MOOOOOveon.org!
All those farmers in Iowa will get their reward for voting Obummer.
What about horses? And Zoo animals.....elephants are many times bigger than cows are.
yes I know the articles about New York but if the EPA really wants to make some $$$ it would go to the mid west.
When is the NYTimes last day publishing?
Hey....HEY....leave horses out of this. It already costs me a fortune to feed and take care of them. Horses farts aren’t dangerous anyway.....just don’t smell too good.
Yeah, that is something to worry about.
Hell, why don’t we just tax human beings for breathing, too. After all, by decree of the EPA, carbon-dioxide - and therefore exhaling, and therefore actual people, are pollutants. We should tax people for just being alive. That will save the planet!
The entire history of the EPA is one of amassing more control and driving up the costs of everything.
Nixon gave us the EPA,Bush gave us Homeland Security;the addition of a new bureaucracy is hardly ever the correct solution to a problem.
...or how to create mass starvation through tax policy.
It wasn’t the farmers who voted for Obama, check out the map, it was the mostly larger cities in Iowa that carried him.
Who is this going to affect the most, the lower income?
When will they learn the the lowly termite is the largest producer of methane...maybe we need better forest control to take care of the dead trees (facetious remark)!!!
Looks like a clever way to conceal the latest in Malthusian population control policy.
What about the micro, or family farmer? Would they have to pay the tax?
I think we will probably see a tax on BEANS also! We will all have to pay $5.00 per month bean tax! That should raise some revenue.
Well, well. we might as well outlaw mexican food too. And Texas chili. Any foods that cause gas. After all, 6+ Billion people passing gas is not good for the environment and greenhouse gas levels.
Environmentalism is really just a code word for anti-human, anti-capitalist. The "environment" is a slick excuse to cover the real intent.
The nice thing about food prices going up before was democrats could blame GWB, even though Ethanol mandates , a deal he cut with democrats, were involved.
Better Obama raise taxes as McCain, and many here supported McCain who promised the same.
DH the farmer did the math from what we saw on some ag sites. Operations with more than 25 head of dairy cattle or 50 head of beef cattle would be above the thresh hold to pay the tax based on what we saw.
Those are hobby size herds, folks. We know b/c we have that many beef cattle just to eat up hay that we can’t sell to horse owners.
In this area the average size dairy herd is about 300 head. The biggest herd in the area is about 3,000 head and is not unusual in the industry.
If the New York Farm Bureau is so concerned about cow farts why don't they just get in their State Helicopters and fly from farm to farm wiping out the cow herds with M134 Miniguns.
That'll solve the cow fart problem real quick.
STOO-PID™ #&%*ing liberal tax-freak eco-nazis
A Fart Tax?!?
I can just smell the T-shirt fortune with this one.
What if I eat a lot of beans?!? For every can of pintos, tro Uncle Sam 5 extra bux?
Aren’t Mexicans (beaners) unduly harmed by such a tax?
I would like to know who is going to pay the “gas tax” for all of the cows in India? Perhaps PETA is up to the task?
Next they'll be taxing US for breathing.
A bureaucrat's dream!
Cattle are ruminants. It’s the burps, not the farts.
CO2 is a pollunt...yeah...
Let's counter with similar logic...
Who are we to deny plants the precious carbon dioxide they need to live and thrive?!? I say "SAVE THE PLANTS! DRIVE A HUMMER!"
Ha. They already do tax us human beings.
If D.C. implements a “Cow Tax” then the farmers ought to implement a “D.C. Fee” and quintuple the cost of beef/dairy going into/around D.C.
Oops, should have read the article in full. Same goes for NY state.
If the government ever passes a “stupidity” tax they’ll have neverending revenue sources from liberals.
You can make that 5,999,999,999.
President Obama farts pure O3 ozone.
Does this mean that the people promoting the recovery of buffalo herds will have to pay per head also?
They will have to attach a fart meter to every bovine? or is that a smart feller?
cow fart tax ping
Put fart bags on cattle. LOL
You know, my Doctor gave me some pills that have made me, well gaseous, is 0bama going to tax my farts? and will it be a flat fee or per fart?
It’s only fair if you also tax the polar bears, wolves, and caribou.
And what about fish? I say, WHAT ABOUT FISH?
Whales, too! And Spotted Owls.
Considering a rancher would only get about a $1 per lb. at market, we’re looking at higher beef prices for sure.
Another “Is this from the Onion” story that has a person shaking their head. Silly bureaucrats.
All those farmers in Iowa will get their reward for voting Obummer
Yeah, that’s the truth
As a woman, in protest of this ABSOLUTE ABSURD TAX, I fart, now, as opposed to ‘toot’. I’ll just do it ‘out loud’ and not excuse myself to go to ‘the powder room’. If anyone asks........I’ll tell them.
(OK, not really, but this is NUTS!!!!!!!!)
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