AGW Today: Lawyers, Climahysterics And Cows, Oh My!

Oh, OK, I know, headline is a little too cutesy for a Monday morning. Brain f*rt (H/t Liberalism is a mental disorder)

Farmers are being warned they could pay a stiff price for their contributions to global warming.

That could happen if the Environmental Protection Agency goes forward with regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the federal Clean Air Act, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Under the law, livestock operations of all sizes and farms with as few as 500 acres of corn could exceed emissions thresholds and would be required to pay for permits, USDA says.

These fees could amount to as much as $20 for every hog and $175 per dairy cow, says Rick Krause, who follows climate policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Ron Sparks, a Democrat who is Alabama’s agriculture commissioner and president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, says the fees would drive livestock farmers out of business. 

So, let’s put farmers out of business, or force them to raise their prices drastically, all in the name of AGW. And what are the gasses?

Two heat-trapping gases that contribute to global warming are methane, which comes from livestock, and nitrous oxide, which is emitted after nitrogen fertilizer is applied to cornfields.

Methane. Cow farts. The greenhouse gas that is usually ignored/not mentioned, because if you start talking to people, particularly guys, it will do nothing but elicit chuckles, laughs, and stories about that time the dog got blamed. But, in reality, it is true: the biggest output of greenhouse gasses from Man is from agriculture and garbage dumps. I never thought anyone would be dumb enough to try and REDUCE food supplies, or intentionally drive up prices because of AGW, but, there ya go.

In other news, the climahysterics are really, truly, losing their minds

Stephen Hockman QC is proposing a body similar to the International Court of Justice in The Hague to be the supreme legal authority on issues regarding the environment.

The first role of the new body would be to enforce international agreements on cutting greenhouse gas emissions set to be agreed next year.

But the court would also fine countries or companies that fail to protect endangered species or degrade the natural environment and enforce the “right to a healthy environment”.

Why am I thinking that Obama would sign on to this insane plan and reduce our sovereignty.

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3 Responses to “AGW Today: Lawyers, Climahysterics And Cows, Oh My!”

  1. Silke says:

    Teach said: But, in reality, it is true: the biggest output of greenhouse gasses from Man is from agriculture and garbage dumps.

    No it’s not. According to the article you cite the EPA recognizes CO2 as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions:

    Advocates of EPA regulation want to target the largest sources of emissions, such as automobiles and coal-fired power plants.

    Also, according to the IPCC the global mean concentration of CO2 in 2005 was 379 parts per million (ppm). Global mean concentration of CH4 (methane) in 2005 was 1,777 parts per billion (ppb). Over the past two decades, CH4 growth rates in the atmosphere have generally decreased.

    IPCC Fourth Assessment Report Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis, Chapter 2: Changes in Atmospheric Constituents and in Radiative Forcing, page 131

    Yes methane is 21 more times effective at trapping heat than CO2, but there is far less of it in the atmosphere because less is emitted and methane’s atmospheric lifetime is 12 years versus between 50 and 200 years for carbon dioxide.

  2. Read the IPCC again: it mentions agriculture as the largest cause of man made global warming, and that is from methane and other greenhouse gasses, not CO2.

  3. Silke says:

    I have read it and I even provided a link to the document and the specific page where it clearly states there is more CO2 in the atmosphere than methane. However, if that’s not clear enough for you here’s another quote:

    Human activities contribute to climate change by causing changes in Earth’s atmosphere in the amounts of greenhouse gases, aerosols (small particles), and cloudiness. The largest known contribution comes from the burning of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide gas to the atmosphere.

    Frequently Asked Questions 2.1: How do Human Activities Contribute to Climate Change and How do They Compare with Natural Influences? (pg. 100)

    It’s interesting that not only do you fail to provide a quote supporting your own position – even the article you cited in this post refutes it.

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