‘Cow Fart Tax’ sounds innocuous–if not downright funny–but could mean disaster to the American economy
Just as cap-and-trade will destroy American business and industry by forcing companies to move overseas to a less burdensome regulatory environment, just as expanded government control and measures such as salary caps will hinder the American economy, before we know it our agriculture will be hurting as well, this time as a result of a knee-jerk reaction to unproved, junk scientific theory.
That’s right, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering a “gas tax” on methane produced by animal flatulence, a naturally-occurring phenomenon which the United Nations insists produces 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases, an amount more than emissions from cars, trucks, trains and planes combined.
And this, of course, has the environmentalists’ hemp undergarments all crumpled up in a bunch.
Yet it’s not as though we couldn’t see it coming. Emissions from cows and sheep have been studied for years and, given the opportunity only a congressional majority and enviro-socialism-friendly White House can provide, the manufactured crisis that is man-made global warming will be used, along with the gaseous animals, to vastly expand the nanny state. On April 14, right here at America’s Right, Ronald Glenn posited that scrutiny on bovine emissions could naturally translate into restrictions and regulations on how and what Americans eat:
To bring about a low carbon, eco-friendly diet in your own life, you are supposed to calculate exactly how much carbon is used to put the plate of food you eat on your table. This includes the ecological carbon “cost” of fertilizers, pesticides, and whatever fuel is used in preparation, packaging, transportation among anything else that comes to mind.
It becomes increasingly apparent in each article on the subject that it is necessary for humanity to move closer and closer to a vegetarian diet. After all, the single-greatest enemy to mankind and our planet is, you see, a gas-emanating bovine — known by most of us as a cow that farts. Gore and his devotees seem to believe that these generally inert, rotund mammals have done more damage to the atmosphere than all the combustion engines and vacuous speeches by Nancy Pelosi combined.
No word, by the way, as to whether the carbon “cost” of bovine flatulence should be accounted for in calculating the environmenal impact of your t-bone steak, nor about the possible adverse effects from veggies like broccoli or cauliflower, which may seem environmentally friendly on the consumption end, but cause similar flatulatory emissions in eaters on the other side of things.
It is unclear to me how the calculations are to be made on a regular basis at all. How does one discern the carbon difference between a potato chip and a pretzel? It also never seems to occur to anyone that all this ridiculousness is being pushed on everyone on the basis of a global warming theory that actually may not be true to begin with! The whole “green” movement in general reminds me of the custom of leaving cookies and milk for Santa Claus — it has more to do with making the giver feel good than helping the designated recipient.
A feel-good mechanism or not, watch out for the economic and cultural effects of this growing practice. Look for the beef and pork industry to come under increasing attack. Look for increased government intervention in the form of food production regulation, all based on ecological concerns. And watch out for the likelihood this diet will be taught in public schools and be used as a guide for what is served in school cafeterias from coast to coast.
Some said it sounded far-fetched at the time, that even our most prolific nanny-staters in Washington, D.C. were incapable of going so far as to regulate the consumption of food. Yet only two weeks ago, in Britain, the Times acknowledged that government officials were “developing menus to combat climate change by cutting out ‘high carbon’ food such as meat from sheep, whose burping poses a serious threat to the environment.”
Out will go kebabs, greenhouse tomatoes and alcohol. Instead, diners will be encouraged to consume more potatoes and seasonal vegetables, as well as pork and chicken, which generate fewer carbon emissions.
“Changing our lifestyles, including our diets, is going to be one of the crucial elements in cutting carbon emissions,” said David Kennedy, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change.
Even the slippery slope argument aside, increasing the tax burdens on our nation’s farmers–starting with $175 per year per head of cattle and $20 for each pig–will not only obliterate the American agriconomy and make our nation dependent upon other nations for our food supply, but will also exponentially increase the price of food for every single American from coast to coast.
This, from the man who promised not to raise a single, solitary tax on middle and working class Americans. Perhaps income tax rates will not change, but the price of cigarettes have doubled, energy bills will increase two- and three-fold, and the price of everything from milk to meatloaf will skyrocket as well.
All because of junk science, and the opportunities for wealth redistribution and increased government control that junk science presents.
How egotistical can these people get, that they somehow know the perfect temperature for this planet? That they actively work to counteract our planet’s own cyclical, natural processes? That, somehow, after 4.5 million years of ice ages, tectonic plate movements, meteor strikes and solar storms, it will be our incandescent light bulbs, sport-utility vehicles and flatulent cows which will somehow destroy our planet?
How irresponsible can these people get, that they are actively pursing the willful destruction of the very economy which drives the rest of the world’s economies, that feeds the starving, that rescues the victims of natural disasters, terrorism, and totalitarian oppression?
When this particular debate heats up, expect those on the left to laugh at those of us on the right for being so darned concerned over our obsession with environmentalists and cow flatulence. But this debate is no more about bovine emissions than the entire global warming movement is about the environment — this debate is about taking the United States down a notch, this is about forcing an end to American exceptionalism and hurtling a downtrodden, economically handcuffed America into a global economy that will inevitably falter without a prosperous America as an anchor.
As I wrote a week ago today in a commentary entitled ‘Green’ Spokesmouths Need to Curb Emissions, during this time of economic decline and worldwide instability, our priorities need to be elsewhere. Nevertheless, the destruction of our nation, should Barack Obama and the American political left have their way, will not begin with a bang, or a whimper — but with a much more unpleasant sound.