From the pages of Midwest AGnet, we have the following from Senator John Thune:
“This is the first step in a slippery slope that could result in implementation of a tax on all CO2 emissions,” said Thune. “The EPA has opened the door by starting with automobiles, but the reality is that this is the first step in a process that could result in sweeping regulations that could result in a tax on naturally occurring emissions from livestock. If the Administration wants to implement climate change legislation, it should work with Congress to pass bi-partisan legislation rather than finding a way around working through the legislative process.
“The Clean Air Act was written to curb pollution from the smokestack industries, not to regulate the livestock industry. I encourage South Dakotans to submit comments during this 60-day comment period, but unless there’s strong public opposition, I have no doubt that the EPA findings will result in actions that get us one step closer to policies that will have a significant impact on all Americans, including the taxation on emissions from livestock.”
While one wonders if bi-partisan just about anything can be passed in this current congress, it is apparent that the EPA (like so many government agencies) will be perfectly happy to move ahead under the belief that since they were established by an act of Congress –back in about 1970, if I recall correctly–everything they do is covered.
Scientists regularly struggle to both quantify the amount of C02 which exists in our atmosphere as well as to determine what deleterious effects this amount might have for the planet and those insignificant people who dwell thereon. So, how do we deal with something which is arbitrary (that is, undefined)? We create some arbitrary rules which will do little outside of solidifying the growing power of a government agency (and hurt our already struggling economy and the people who depend on it).
I’ll be commenting on the EPA’s plans. I trust that you will also.