White House Looks to Regulate Cow Flatulence As Part of Climate Agenda

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As part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama  administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in  their operations.

This comes despite falling methane emission levels across the economy since  1990.

The White House has proposed cutting methane  emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by 2020. Although U.S.  agriculture only accounts for about 9  percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the  Environmental Protection Agency, it makes up a sizeable portion of methane  emissions — which is a very potent greenhouse gas.

Some of these methane emissions come from cow flatulence, exhaling and  belching — other livestock animals release methane as well.

“Cows emit a massive amount of methane through belching, with a lesser amount  through flatulence,” according to How Stuff Works. “Statistics  vary regarding how much methane the average dairy cow expels. Some experts say  100 liters to 200 liters a day… while others say it’s up to 500 liters… a day.  In any case, that’s a lot of methane, an amount comparable to the pollution  produced by a car in a  day.”

“Of all domestic animal types, beef and dairy cattle were by far the largest  emitters of [methane],” according to an EPA analysis charting greenhouse  gas emissions in .... Cows and other animals produce methane through  digestion, which ferments the food of animals.

“During digestion, microbes resident in an animal’s digestive system ferment  food consumed by the animal,” the EPA notes. “This microbial fermentation  process, referred to as enteric fermentation, produces [methane] as a byproduct,  which can be exhaled or eructated by the animal.”

It’s not just the dairy industry that the Obama administration is clamping  down on. The White House is looking  to regulate methane emissions across the economy from agriculture to oil and gas  operations — all this despite methane emissions falling 11 percent since  1990.

Methane emissions have largely been reduced because of the incentive for companies to capture  it and sell it for monetary gain. Oil and gas companies, for example, have been  looking for ways to increasingly capture methane leaked from drilling operations  which they can then sell.

“The industry has led efforts to reduce emissions of methane by developing  new technologies and  equipment, and recent studies show emissions are far lower than EPA projected  just a few years ago,” said  Howard Feldman, head of scientific and  regulatory affairs at  the American Petroleum Institute. “Additional  regulations are not necessary and could have a chilling effect on the American  energy renaissance, our economy, and our national security.”

 

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The comments on this one are just too great to contain!

I raise beef cattle. Have been doing so for over 50 years. Flatulence is methane and yes, it will burn if you ignite it.

Maybe ovomit should use his pen and pass a law around Congress to prohibit farting??? Jeez!!!

That reminds me we need to clean a lot of old farts out of government in general. Such as all of the ones that have been in office for more than eight years.

If we impose our own form of term limits with our votes we can convince congress they need to stop worrying about getting re-elected, and give us an honest days work for our money.

This is without a doubt the most DUMBA&& adminstraiton I've ever had the misfortune of knowing.

somebody over at epa and other fed agency are really getting job scared or bored one.   maybe they need to stick their head in there for a plug.

They dont fart because their heads ARE plugged up their behinds

Just wondering if they farted with their heads up their a** would they gag, choke, puke and die?

Maybe D.C. can put it to use for a facial for the Pres and First Lady. Sure there'd be many offering to do it!

........active volcanoes  are emitting much more than that....why don't we cap all of the active volcanoes around the world, and especially those active fissures under the ocean......the one thing I cannot believe is that these wack-jobs in the government are actually going to regulate what comes out of a cows ass......cant wait for the civil war to start...and maybe we can shoot some of these regulators out of their misery.

What a crock. Another example of what our outstanding leaders are spending our money on.

Arnold you are so right but don't say these types of things too loud or these fools will try to find some way to do it!

This is so ridiculous. Unbelievable. I'll go into a rant if I say anymore. Others before me have covered this well

What are they going to do?  Add GasX to their diet?   If they want to reduce gas emissions, the WH and Congress need to just STFU.

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