Thursday, November 20, 2008

EPA to tax cow and pig gas, we're going green to the extreme

The whole corporate world is going green, and we all better get on the sustainable development bandwagon pretty quick or we're going back to basic training. I turned the TV back on after a couple days break and this time couldn't help but notice ALL the "going green" ads and shows, plus a lot of ads to Volunteer for American change.

This is making me want to spend more time on defining the term sustainable for us and think about what being green could actually mean in a more honest world. Maybe I'm way off base here but wouldn't a good example of sustainable lifestyles be the local tribes that have existed for 30+ thousand years in the same place? They sure know how to protect their land and resources for future generations; they're living proof. But they don't live that way anymore, very few tribes worldwide have escaped the lure. So is that the justification for asking the advanced nations to work for change? Is returning our people to the Stone Age the only answer? Hmm. It's been my experience that most Native Alaskans embraced snow-machines, tape recorders and sattelite TVs as soon as it was made available. I also notice most of them hunt with rifles.

Tim Redington told me that when he grew up on their Knik homestead in the 1950s that his family "lived more like Indians than the Indians." One of the reasons his dad started the Iditarod was to bring dog mushing back to the villages, because sno-gos had almost replaced the dog teams by then. And years ago my carpenter friend Hank Ketzler from Nenana was shocked at my reaction to his pictures of his hunting cabin. I expressed amazement that it was so modern. It had a long screened in porch full of furniture, lovely tiled countertops and a jennair grill. He thought it was funny that I assumed he wouldn't want a nice, comfortable place, because he was Indian.

Rich western greenies are promoting a phony communitarian ideological version of earth's sustainability, and their version requires green laws and green police.

Here come the Green Marines! Green police: Recycling in the workplace, By CORILYN SHROPSHIRE Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle, Oct. 15, 2008, 3:00PM

Cow tax proposal would threaten agriculture viability

"With the economy in bad shape and the possibility of a deep recession looming, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to levy new taxes-on cows and pigs," American Farm Bureau Federation Director of Regulatory Relations Rick Krause told Wyoming Farm Bureau members at their annual meeting. Krause spoke in Sheridan on Nov. 7.

"This is no laughing matter," Krause said. "The cow tax and the pig tax are parts of a larger scheme by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act."

"Under the proposal, if a state charged the "presumptive minimum rate" from the EPA, the cow tax would be $175 per dairy cow, $87.50 per head for beef cattle and a little more than $20 per pig," Krause explained.

Krause explained that the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that a producer with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs would emit more than 100 tons of carbon and be subject to the permitting requirements. "These thresholds would impact 99 percent of dairy producers, over 90 percent of beef producers and 95 percent of hog producers in the United States," Krause stated.

According to Krause, the EPA has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in preparation to regulate automobile greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act (CAA). "The regulation of automobile emissions automatically initiates other provisions of the CAA," Krause explained. "One of those provisions requires permits from anyone who emits more than 100 tons of a regulated pollutant per year and there are millions of sources that emit more than 100 tons of carbon."

The Title V permits, that are essentially a cow and pig tax, are supposed to contain provisions designed to reduce or eliminate the emissions of the regulated pollutant. "Cows and pigs methane emissions come from natural and biological processes," Krause stated.

"The economic costs to producers from the cow and pig tax would be great and could cause the cost of beef, pork and dairy prices to rise," Krause continued. "The cow and pig tax would impose severe penalties on livestock producers in the United States without effectively reducing greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere."

The comment deadline for the cow and pig tax is Nov. 28. Visit to find the link for information.

In other national issues, Krause addressed endangered species issues, including the wolf.

"I remember back in 1993 we were talking about how they will continue to change the numbers of wolves required," Krause said. "Unfortunately, our assumption was accurate and even though there are five times more packs than needed for recovery, it has come down to a federal judge in Montana."

"They are arguing there is no genetic exchange," He said. "Well, the whole reason in the first place they were introduced is because they could not get here on their own. How are you going to have genetic interchange?"

"So what are we going to expect from the Endangered Species Act in the next four years?" Krause asked. "While only time will tell, we can expect no amendments to the ESA as those who are opposed to common sense management will work to keep it as is."

The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general agriculture organization. Members work together from the grassroots to develop agricultural policy, programs and services to enhance the rural lifestyle of Wyoming.


Does the EPA know global warming causes more sex? (Thanks Pete)

Nordica bought me a copy of The Simpsons Movie, where the EPA saves Springfield from a environmental disaster. The Simpsons run away to ... Alaska! "where you can't be too fat or too drunk." Homer is saved by an old Eskimo woman who lives in a yurt!!!! Clap for Alaska!

"You have to keep pounding it home, pounding it home, pounding it home," he said. (John Kolata, Hilton Americas-Houston "Green Marine.")

From the Wyoming Farm Bureau website

EPA has requested public comment on this advance notice. You can send comments to:

Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T,

1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. RE: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0318

Or submit your comments online to EPA at

Comments are due by Friday, November 28, but EPA has said that the docket will remain open.

Write or call your Representative in Congress and/or your Senators and tell them to prevent the imposition of a cow tax and a pig tax that would occur by the regulation of greenhouse gases through the Clean Air Act

Contact: Ken Hamilton
Contact Phone: 307-721-7712
Contact Email:
Deadline: 11/28/2008
Click here for more Info

Wonder how far away we are from being taxed on the air we breathe.

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