Cow Flatulence A Greater Problem Than EPA Previously Thought, Study Says


cowsThe United States is spewing 50 percent more methane – a potent heat-trapping gas – than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. Much of it is coming from just three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

That means methane may be a bigger global warming issue than thought, scientists say. Methane is 21 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, the most abundant global warming gas, although it doesn’t stay in the air as long.

Much of that extra methane, also called natural gas, seems to be coming from livestock, including manure, belches, and flatulence, as well as leaks from refining and drilling for oil and gas, the study says. It was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

The study estimates that in 2008, the U.S. poured 49 million tons of methane into the air. That means U.S. methane emissions trapped about as much heat as all the carbon dioxide pollution coming from cars, trucks, and planes in the country in six months.


  1. This whole “study” is manure.

    Notice that Obama did NOT sequester this kind of wasteful spending on K Street’s hoax on the American people: The global warming hoax.

    Of course, I am sure that when the was the partial federal “shutdown” last month, these scientists continued unabatedly doing this “research” while other Americans were suffering from The Dictator’s edicts.


  2. REDSTATE clearly didn’t read the article. Most of the authors aren’t employees of the federal government.

    Here is a link to allow anyone to download the article for a $10 fee:

    Some of the statistical modeling is pretty complex; I will be happy to try to describe it to anyone who has a question. (And it is certainly not ‘manure’. This is a serious scientific issue.)