Skip to comments.EPA Takes to Air to Watch Cow Pies
Posted on 06/05/2012 10:04:57 AM PDT by Kaslin
The Environmental Protection Agency declined to answer questions this week as the Omaha World-Herald sought to clarify whether the agency had the legal authority to conduct overflights of cattle operations to determine if cattle are pooping in streams in the Midwest.
I dont know much about bovine latrine habits, but Ive been around enough pastures to know that cattle really arent that particular.
It seems to me that they let go pretty much wherever they are, stream or no.
So I think I can say with some authority, that, yes, cattle all around the Midwest are indeed pooping in streams, legally or otherwise.
Thats the kind of rugged individualists that cow herds appear to be now in face of the bullying- pun intended-cowards in the Obama administration. Its gotten so bad that not content to rough up people, the Obama administration has to go do some environmental cow-tipping.
Whats supposed to be sport for drunk people, is now official policy.
And I really dont need to see the pictures to know that cows are standing up for liberty when they poop all over the EPA in this way.
But bureaucrats, being what they are, the cow-hating crime fighters from DC have now taken to the skies 16 times in Nebraska and Iowa to help identify cattle that arent washing their hands prior to returning to work, so to speak.
Next week I hear they are getting hair nets and plastic name tags for the cows.
I found an unattributed quip on the internet over the last few days that perfectly explains the increasing fascination progressives have with fascism: You can now marry your same-sex first cousin in New York and get an abortion with taxpayer money, but you can't have a large Pepsi.
And cows can only poop in designated areas.
Thank goodness we killed off the numberless buffalo. Imagine all those millions of bison roaming the West with no bathroom attendant.
According to the Herald, the EPA thinks the flights have legal precedence.
While the EPA would not answer questions on the record, they did release a statement saying:
Courts, including the Supreme Court, have found similar types of flights to be legal (for example to take aerial photographs of a chemical manufacturing facility) and EPA would use such flights in appropriate instances to protect people and the environment from violations of the Clean Water Act.
Wait: I thought the whole purpose of the flights was to protect us from B.S., not spread even more of it. I mean if we are actually going to fine people for spreading B.S. we could start in the White House.
Senator Mike Johanns, a Republican from Nebraska, who used to serve as agriculture secretary, says that the EPA has overstepped its authority, which it derives from congress.
They are just way on the outer limits of any authority they've been granted, he said according to the Herald.
Johanns told the CattleNetwork that [m]y concerns are many adding that the EPA has little trust out in the country and people will get fired up about the overflights.
The Nebraska Senator took to the agriculture airwaves on May 31st to express concern about small planes circling local feedlots.
Its happening, and Im trying to find out just whats involved, Johanns told AgriTalk radio.
According to the CattleNetwork, the Nebraska congressional delegation has sent a letter to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson asking for an explanation of the statutory authority under which EPA is conducting the surveillance, along with the purpose of the flights, their frequency and their use in enforcement actions.
This is an administration that wont answer questions as to why it illegally sold guns to Mexican drug cartels.
Expect more cow stuff.
Winning The Future?
It looks so much like a Senate Majorty meeting or a White House Cabinet meeting, they thought it might be good info....
Welcome to the River Navigator series of fresh water protections the Leftists said would never affect the average land owner.
If it’s a drop of water that might wind up in a river at some point, look out. The Nanny State is here to help.
The Left can defecate on our heads, but let those cows go near fresh water and out comes the swat team.
Now that we know one answer, they want to find out about cattle?
It is looking more and more like the feds are looking for a way to both spy on attempt to control fly over country. These are folks they consider to be enemies of the state.
The EPA rises to an occasion it can finally handle...monitoring meadow muffins.
Everyone in that area relied mostly on wells and they became contaminated and no county water was available. Even today many of the farm families still have to use water buffalos the company brought in. Does wonders for their property values.
I doubt if they are going after Uncle Bob and Aunt Martha and their Bessie the cow.
How far do you lead a drone?
Purely a science question.
“Purely a science question”
I would need altitude, speed, downrange distance, wind direction and sheer betwen the observer and the target.
Depends on whether it is (a) flying, (b) walking, or (c) a type of bee. Scientifically speaking.
EPA has gone rogue. It needs to be shut down completely.
We have a bill of rights that is supposed to protect us from government, but there is no bill of rights to protect you from regulators. You don’t elect them, you can’t unelect them; their rules have the force of law but no one has ever voted on them for or against.
They are not bound by law since they write the laws themselves.
We are morphing into a monarchy; the monarchs wear suits and ties except on casual Fridays. They rule by decree and their decrees are beyond appeal. Heaven help you once they turn their eyes on you because their legal budgets are unlimited.
If the EPA has determined that there is good cause, then let them present that evidence to a judge and get a warrant to conduct legal activity.
They don’t need drones to accomplish that.
These people think they have a right to do any damned thing they want to the average citizen of the United States.
Frankly, I’m getting damned tired of it.
You can now marry your same-sex first cousin in New York and get an abortion with taxpayer money, but you can’t have a large Pepsi.
I think it has very much to do with the fact that the pepsi is an inanimate object available to all peoples, and can actually be controlled by govt and dealt with objectively. Things that have to do with people, feelings, morals, etc., cannot/should not, be controlled or dealt with objectively.
EPA and bovine scatology in the same sentence/headline — sounds about right to me!
While it may be *technically* legal, spying on American citizens is still spying.
That's my guess....since I live in a BIG cattle ranching area.
I’m thinking that this might be some fun sport for someone with an ultralight. Air-to-air combat.
Good article. My hatred for the EPA is nearly limitless.