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Proposed fee on smelly cows, hogs angers farmers
AP via Yahoo ^ | 11/5/08 | Bob Johnson

Posted on 12/05/2008 5:25:46 AM PST by RetroSexual

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agriculture; environment; epa; flatulence
Just another day in the Land of the Free.
1 posted on 12/05/2008 5:25:46 AM PST by RetroSexual
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2 posted on 12/05/2008 5:27:00 AM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: RetroSexual

Wonder when this might have humans included?

Harry Reid may sponsor the bill.


3 posted on 12/05/2008 5:27:30 AM PST by dforest (Is there any good idea out there that Obama doesn't lay claim to anymore?)
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To: RetroSexual

How much will the goobermint charge me for breathing?


4 posted on 12/05/2008 5:28:20 AM PST by webschooner
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To: webschooner

I remember not too long ago England wanted to start a ‘poll’ tax. A tax for existing, nothing to do with income or anything else. It wasn’t popular.


5 posted on 12/05/2008 5:32:14 AM PST by mefistofelerevised
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To: RetroSexual

I wasn’t paying attention to that case in 2007. Here’s a report on it:

http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/04/02/us-supreme-court-rules-that-epa-can-regulate-greenhouse-gases/

Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito dissented.


6 posted on 12/05/2008 5:37:04 AM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: RetroSexual

I don’t think cows should be taxed for just doing what cows do .... unless, of course, they let one go in a crowded elevator.


7 posted on 12/05/2008 5:37:50 AM PST by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: RetroSexual
Where the buffalo roam: my family's oral history recalls how three days passed before a single herd of buffalo completed its movement through one county. Funny how this didn't seem to affect the planet at all when bison blackened the American plains by the millions, or vast herds of Zebra and Wildebeest covered the African continent. Today, however, my late Uncle's small herd of Herefords would be considered an environmental threat? BS! Perhaps “Beano” was available in the 19th Century?
9 posted on 12/05/2008 5:44:09 AM PST by PowderMonkey (Will Work for Ammo)
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To: RetroSexual

Cows eat grain and corn etc. They need what to grow? What do cows give back? It’s a natural cycle. This is like Taxing mother nature.


10 posted on 12/05/2008 5:58:56 AM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: RetroSexual
Thanks for posting. This is just another way to run the small & mid-size farmers/ranchers out of business.

They have already put in motion to re-initiate the enforcement of the RFID tags on all animals these same people raise. They claim it is to safeguard our food, however it is required even for animals raised for personal use. Veterinarians are required to report any animals not tagged and none can be taken to feed lots or sold and reported as income without the tag numbers being reported as well.

It's a way to control our food sources, by not allowing the small farmer or anyone else to have animals outside of the big feed lots controlled by large corporation which are exempted from the tag requirement.

11 posted on 12/05/2008 6:15:21 AM PST by call meVeronica
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To: RetroSexual

I remember as a young child going with my grandfather to one of his farms. He was one of the first in Ill to raise Angus. I had never smelled a feed lot up close and expressed my dislike of the smell. Grandpa took a big breath, grinned, and announced, “Smells like money!”


12 posted on 12/05/2008 6:22:05 AM PST by CrazyIvan (If you read only one book this year, read "Stolen Valor".)
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To: advance_copy

#2 caption. Hey bub pull my finger.


13 posted on 12/05/2008 6:23:05 AM PST by duckman (Jesus I trust in You. Mary take over)
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To: PowderMonkey

Excellent point. We need a ‘tax’ on all of the flatulence coming out of Congress....(eye roll)


14 posted on 12/05/2008 6:32:47 AM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: RetroSexual

Farmers won’t pay for this, consumers will. I guess that’s the idea. Fewer people will be able to afford meat, so we won’t need as many cattle, and then there won’t be so much pollution. Problem solved.


15 posted on 12/05/2008 6:32:52 AM PST by carola
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To: CrazyIvan
Grandpa took a big breath, grinned, and announced, “Smells like money!”

I did some commercial fishing on the Gulf of Mexico a couple of decades back...before the government made it to costly. Heh, after a couple of weeks offshore, and being around thousands of pounds of red snapper and bait for a couple of weeks even with your best effort to avoid it , one would "inherit" a particular fishboat odor... of course as the catch was offloaded and the boat was cleaned, what a better place to visit than the "Ole Watering Hole" closest to the docks. Some of the clientele would, somewhat, look down their noses at us, and in some sort of way say "a bit fishy there Pal", but some of the "ladies" present would say, as your Grandpa so eloquently stated..."Smells like money to me."

16 posted on 12/05/2008 6:36:20 AM PST by OBXWanderer (www.dontvoterino.com)
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To: RetroSexual; enough_idiocy; Desdemona; rdl6989; Little Bill; IrishCatholic; Normandy; Delacon; ...
 




Beam me to Planet Gore !

17 posted on 12/05/2008 6:52:30 AM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: duckman
Pull my tit.



18 posted on 12/05/2008 7:12:15 AM PST by vietvet67
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To: savedbygrace
Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito dissented.

I would hope so.

This is absolutely absurd. Taxing natural bodily functions of livestock sounds to me like trying to force us into going vegetarian. Not happening here.

And if they start taxing humans on the same basis, my family is in real trouble.

19 posted on 12/05/2008 7:32:45 AM PST by Desdemona (Tolerance of grave evil is NOT a Christian virtue (I choose virtue. Values change too often).)
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To: RetroSexual

What next? Smelly tourists?


20 posted on 12/05/2008 7:34:11 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: RetroSexual

“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.”

I would just forward the fees to PETA.


21 posted on 12/05/2008 7:34:23 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("Control the information, you control the people.")
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To: advance_copy

This just STINKS! You Humans stink up the Capital, Dingy Harry spends $70,000,000 to make the smelly humans go away, and then he has the nerve to say We smell so We can pay for it. I hope one of our Canine brethren leaves a flaming bag of POOP on his doorstep!


22 posted on 12/05/2008 7:46:06 AM PST by Sefton (I'M ENERGIZED!)
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To: Desdemona

Waiting on the chili and Schlitz tax.


23 posted on 12/05/2008 8:29:55 AM PST by VanShuyten ("Ah! but it was something to have at least a choice of nightmares.")
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To: RetroSexual

Just another reason that politicians should not be fed — having a full belly only encourages mischief.


24 posted on 12/05/2008 8:54:39 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Comrade, can you spare a crust of bread?)
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To: RetroSexual

What will be the fee for each child?


25 posted on 12/05/2008 10:08:03 AM PST by traumer
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

I wonder if any tax will be assessed on the millions of deer being overfed by “wildlife lovers”?


26 posted on 12/05/2008 5:01:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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Cow Tax Proposal Would Threaten Agriculture Viability
Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation | November 15, 2008 | unattributed
Posted on 11/18/2008 6:35:07 PM PST by prairiebreeze
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2134412/posts

A gas tax... for livestock?
The High Plains / Midwest Ag Journal | November 28, 2008 | Ken Root
Posted on 11/28/2008 6:18:52 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2139825/posts


27 posted on 12/05/2008 6:32:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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To: call meVeronica

This is really bad news for small mom-and-pop farm operations that make up the backbone of this country!!! I am really angry at this sort of thing—it IS designed to run them out of business, no two ways about it. I have some dear friends Mike and Linda who used to have a small dairy farm (about 100 cows, the two of them were the only ones working it) passed down in his family—she hurt her back a few years ago and is basically out of the loop as far as the heavy duty work goes—he made a go of it even though it was very hard on him...a lot of new fees, etc. were passed and the dairy cows got way too expensive (they also owe thousands and thousands in loans for farm equipment, etc that has to be paid) so they switched to beef cattle, which is much easier on Mike (apparently dairy cows are like divas but beef cattle are like Rocky the boxer)...they only have a few hundred head of cattle way out there in the country, but this would totally do them in! :*( And mind you, it’s not like they have a fancy house or anything, they aren’t even living in a real house, it was a converted chicken shed that has been added onto over the years, Linda’s made it into a home but you couldn’t get $20K on the market for the house itself)—the land isn’t theirs (it’s his mom’s), and they don’t have big fancy retirement pensions or anything—they depend on their farm and cattle for EVERYTHING! :*(

Flyover country people, but God-loving, gun-clinging, proud, hard-working patriotic TRUE Americans. God bless them and those in similar situations and watch over them if this sort of thing comes to pass! >:-(


28 posted on 12/06/2008 5:55:07 AM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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