The EPA, in it’s infinite wisdom, has come up with a way to tax farm and ranch animals in an effort to slow the cost of greenhouse gasses.
So far it is just limited to NY, but don’t worry, liberals will be demanding all farmers to do the following:
“…The proposed EPA initiative would force family farmers in New York to pay a permit fee in order to continue to operate, claiming that farm animals are emitting massive amounts of greenhouse gases.
“We know that the industrial and transportation sectors emit an overwhelmingly large percentage of greenhouse gases when compared to livestock farms, but farms are being painted with the same broad brush,” said Lincoln.
The tax for dairy cows could be $175 per cow, and $87.50 per head of beef cattle. The tax on hogs would upwards of $20 per hog. Any operation with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs would have to obtain permits.
This would cover about 99 percent of dairy production, more than 90 percent of beef production, and more than 95 percent of all hog production in New York, according to USDA statistics.
This is a liberal recipe for starvation of those who would not be able to afford the higher prices of various meats. Let’s face the fact that liberals won’t be happy until all humans Republicans are wiped off the face of the planet.
The results would be disasterous for farmers and ranchers.
…Americans enjoy the safest, most abundant, and most affordable food supply in the world. Our farmers are extraordinarily productive, using technology and good management practices to sustain increased yields that keep up with growing populations, and they are good stewards of the land they depend upon for their livelihoods. Because of their care and ingenuity, the United States is projecting an agricultural trade surplus of $30 billion in 2008. Unfortunately, the approach suggested by the Environmental Protection Agency (‘‘EPA’’) staff’s draft Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ‘‘Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the Clean Air Act,’’ which was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget on June 17, 2008 (‘‘June 17 draft’’ or ‘‘draft ANPR’’), threatens to undermine this landscape. If EPA were to exercise a full suite of the Clean Air Act (‘‘CAA’’) regulatory programs outlined in the draft ANPR, we believe that input costs and regulatory burden would increase significantly, driving up the price of food and driving down the domestic supply. …
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