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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Fact Check:   'Joe Biden Claims ‘We Didn’t Lock People Up In Cages’

CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed, on immigration: “We didn’t lock people up in cages.”

VERDICT: FALSE. The “cages” were built by the Obama-Biden administration.

Univision moderator Jorge Ramos asked Biden at the third Democrat debate at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, why Latinos should trust him after the Obama administration continued deporting “undocumented immigrants.”

Biden claimed that the Obama administration’s policies were more humane than those of President Donald Trump: “We didn’t lock people up in cages,” he said.

In fact, the “cages” were built by the Obama administration to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally in 2014.

Originally, the Obama administration was “warehousing” children — literally — in overwhelmed Border Patrol facilities. Breitbart News broke the story of the surge, which was partly triggered by Obama’s policy of allowing illegal alien children who entered the country as minors to stay in the country (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA).

Above image credit: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File

The above photo was published by the Associated Press in June 2014, and the photo below is of Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, touring a Border Patrol facility with “cages.”

Above: Border Patrol officers escort Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Gov. Jan Brewer through the department’s Nogales processing facility for immigrant children. (Photo courtesy Barry Bahler/Department of Homeland Security)

The “cages” are chain-link enclosures in Border Patrol processing facilities that are meant to protect children from adults in custody. They are not permanent accommodations.

In mid-2018, as the Trump administration began enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy that stopped the “catch-and-release” policy of letting illegal aliens go after they were arrested. Detaining adults and children meant that children had to be processed separately; the enclosures prevented adults from harming children.

As Breitbart News reported at the time, children were not housed in “cages.” They were processed and then taken to shelters, where they were given medical care, toiletries, education, recreation, and counseling, and where staff attempted to find relatives or sponsors to whom they could be released.

Democrats began tweeting images of “kids in cages” to condemn the Trump administration. Journalists, too, shared those images.

One problem: they were taken during the Obama administration.

Public outrage at the images led President Trump to end the policy, and require families to be detained together.

Democrats keep repeating the mistake, however: in July, they had to delete a tweet that used an image from the Obama era and cited the “inhumane treatment” of children by the Trump administration.

Republicans argue that not detaining illegal aliens is actually the cruel policy, because it encourages migrants to undertake a dangerous journey, often guided by cartels and smugglers.

As Breitbart News’ Alana Mastrangelo noted recently:

But what’s worse than “cages,” however, are reports of migrant children also being handed over to human traffickers during the Obama administration — while Biden was vice president — according to the New York Times. Between October 2013 and July 2015 alone, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied children from Central American countries were detained by U.S. authorities.

It remains unclear how many of the tens of thousands of children were handed over to human traffickers — including sex traffickers — during that span of nearly two years, as those cases are reportedly not tracked.

“Others were ransomed by the very smugglers to whom their families paid thousands of dollars to sneak them into the United States,” reported the New York Times in 2015, during Obama’s presidency and Biden’s vice presidency. “Some lost limbs during the journey or found themselves sold into sexual slavery.”

Biden told voters in South Carolina last month that he would close all border detention facilities, guaranteeing that the migrant flow would continue.

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