Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Who Cut The Cheese = Environmental Protection Agency

As a result of the Environmental Protection Agency declaring that animal flatulence contributes to greenhouse gasses, farmers with cows and other gaseous animals could begin paying taxes for such animals. Supposedly, this would require farms or ranches with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs to pay an annual fee of about $175 for each dairy cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and $20 for each hog (cbsnews.com). UPI.Com offers that this is just a rumor. They state that a federal official has proclaimed that no such tax will be passed. However, such rumors do leave room for worrying about the consequences of such taxes.
For instance, if the tax were passed, how would it effect consumers at the grocery stores? Also, people might wonder if this tax could lead to a similar tax on human beings. It would seem that all human beings have farted. Therefore, one would assume following the logic of the cow flatulence tax that there should also be tax for human flatulence. Clearly, it does not seem logical to have any animal tax for flatulence. It is natural for animals to exhaust thus, the gas has been present for as long as the animals have existed. Therefore, it would make more sense to attempt to eliminate other types of gas. Eliminating farming animals would not be great for the nutrition of the United States, and taxing farmers would not bode well for the United States economy. In conclusion, the idea of such a tax seems rather preposterous, and one can only hope that it does not become a reality.


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