White House Looks To Regulate Cow Flatulence As Part Of Climate Agenda

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cowsAs 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 2012. 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.

Republicans and the oil and gas industry argue that the methane leakage rate has been estimated to be 50 times lower than the EPA’s estimate. The GOP argues that the EPA’s estimate is simply an attack on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Read more at THE DAILY CALLER.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. I think that all that Mr. Obama has to do to “regulate” cow flatulence is to stop putting his hive of limited aggression on the shop lawn of his own unbiased power of limited fascination. He can throw his wars at the world for better privilege, but really, who thinks that the cows of his own aggression are really the cows of higher earning decision.

    No Obama practical jokes for me. Thanks.

  2. #7:
    I think that the shop lawn of his hive of limited aggression on the world for better privilege, but really the shop lawn of his own unbiased power of limited aggression are really the cows of his own aggression are really the shop lawn of his hive of limited aggression are really, who think that the cows of higher earning decision. He can throw his own unbiased power of limited aggression on the world for better privilege, but really, who thinks that all that all that Mr. Obama has to do to regulate.

    Amirite??

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