Obama Administration to regulate… cow flatulence

Just when you thought you had seen it all, the White House has now vowed to regulate cow flatulence as part of its climate agenda. According to the Daily Caller, as part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama Administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in their operations. Forget about the fact that methane emissions are at all time lows, we need to spend time and resources targeting gassy cows.

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“So out of all the things in the country we have to fix, all the problems that are facing us… Where does – and I’m just asking you this off the top of your head – where does cow flatulence rank,” Glenn asked on radio this morning.

“Right at the top,” Pat joked. “Number one.”

In a press release entitled “FACT SHEET: Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions,” the White House laid out its “all-of-the-above approach to develop homegrown energy and steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution” as to ensure “a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations.”

One of the “key steps” formulated by the Obama Administration involves working in partnership with the dairy industry, the USDA, EPA and DOE to release a “Biogas Roadmap” outlining “voluntary strategies to accelerate adoption of methane digesters and other cost-effective technologies to reduce U.S. dairy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.”

When you consider food prices are already up a staggering 19% in 2014, the consequences of the President’s climate agenda could truly be dire.

“Milk and meat are up 19%. This is before the regulation of the cow farts,” Glenn concluded. “So we have to regulate the cow farts, which means you will not have dairy – because this is dairy cows. Your dairy – your milk, your cheese – will go through the roof. Your meat will go through the roof. It’s already up 19%. I will give you this promise: Your dairy products and your meat products will necessarily skyrocket. Congratulations.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • landofaahs

    Insert a long tube up their butts and pipe the gas to DC and let them heat the White House with it. Problem solved by common Core thinking.

  • Anonymous

    I just think it’s funny, I mean, liberals have to buy milk too. I think that it’s time for the leftists to cordon off their own section of the country and do what they want with their own cows. How many thousands of years have cows been doing their business out in the fields, and all of a sudden it’s a problem. I would love for a Leftist dolt to justify this to me. I’m comfortable enough in my own knowledge to know stupidity when I see it. I just want a laugh.

  • Anonymous

    If that’s the case, they had better gag and bag some (if not all) of the hot air sources in the White House. (sorry mooooochelle)

  • chefz774

    Oh great, regulating cow farts now. They can’t (or won’t) fix O-don’t-care about health care, have managed to screw up the nation’s military, the economy, and EVERYTHING else in America, and NOW they want to do this. It seems to me that more methane is produced in DC by all the bull$#!t these idiots spew in a day, than could be produced by ALL the cows with digestive issues in the world in a year.

  • Keith

    Don’t they have to string them all in series to do that?

  • landofaahs

    I wonder what these goof’s would have done with the millions of Bison farting all over the prairie before the White man arrived. I guess killing off most of the buffalo was a good thing according to the enviro-nut-jobs.

  • Anonymous

    So true

  • Anonymous

    again it’s all about $ and power…

  • http://drudgereport.com/ Myles Standish

    I simply cannot understand how confidence in our government can be so low when they are proposing legislation of this caliber!?!

    Wouldn’t a simpler solution to this methane problem be to cork harry reid at both ends?

  • Anonymous

    Lets see, there are 7 billion people on this planet who fart on a daily basis, why isn’t the president demanding a stop human farting?

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    what about the methane gas stinky harry reid gives off with his farts, how do we curb that?

  • Anonymous

    Washington is certainly expert in gas.

  • LonestarV

    Voluntary strategies… Volunteer to install a $300,000 methane digester and the feds will give you a “loan” for it.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not ‘all of a sudden’. This has been building for scores of generations and actually began with the advent of modern agricultural practices. If you’d bother to look beyond the the rhetoric, factory farming is now known to be one of the dirtiest, most polluting agricultural practices devised by man, and cattle are one of the most environmentally destructive kinds of livestock we raise en masse. Instead of just agreeing with anything your party claims, perhaps do some research on your own, with an open mind and willing attitude. You might even come to wonder if climate change just might be something real to pay attention to. Please, just do it before it’s too late to slow or even stop it from escalating even more. The rest of us who have been shouting warnings don’t deserve to lose our world because of politically-driven deniers trying to lull everyone into a sense of complacency.. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/31/science/earth/panels-warning-on-climate-risk-worst-is-yet-to-come.html?hp&_r=0

  • Guest

    hey, how ’bout, instead of antibiotics and steroids….we give all those cows a Bean-o!

  • Anonymous

    This is nothing but more manipulation and control.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    Every time a cow farts Al Gore dies a little inside.

  • Wisdom Seeker

    The most destructive BS is that coming from progressives and your president.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    Just when you think the Obama white house cannot be more of a joke they shock you and do something this stupid. Hey Peta do you know how they are going to do that. They are going to kill the cows and you idiots vote for these people. It is the only way you are going to do it. You are not going to stop the cow by asking them nicely.

  • Anonymous

    Take control of food and healthcare and it will be easier to control population.

    Interesting Brzezyinsi stated it is now easier to k1ll a million people than to control them. Imagine.

  • Fat Lip

    5 dogs reality lives at my house .
    Cows bring it.

  • Channel One

    Bet all those lactose intolerant folks are laughing up a storm. LOL. Obama will be remembered for his attention to cows butts, and what comes out of them. How fitting.

  • BobM

    Is human flatulence next?

  • Anonymous

    All anyone has to do is read Atlas Shrugged. It make no difference if you like Ayn Rand or not we are in the proses of living it. There is also a movie Ideosit that shows where political correctness is leading the US. I am not really fond of the movie but you use what you have.

  • Don Anastas

    Yet all the methane is coming out of DC. How do they propose to regulate this – catalytic converters for cow rumps? My late father-in-law, a life long dairy farmer, is rolling in his grave.

  • sodakian

    Birdbrain…i mean pond. Please do no breed. We do not need anymore morons roaming this earth.

  • Tom Flores

    Just fire Obama and his whole administration…that would fix the flatulence problem right there. :)

  • new2la

    There’s only one way to stop cow flatulence…….take all democrats and stick their heads up the cows…..!

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps they could start with the White House? Lots of hot gas from the south end of a north bound bull coming from there.

  • Kimberly Garrish

    They need to regulate all the gas in Washington first and leave the poor cows alone.

  • Anonymous

    And you bought that bs??? LOL

  • markymarvin

    Sure this isn’t an early April fools joke like the one Caribou Coffee put out earlier today?

  • 7tom7

    Are these people for real ??? Before cows we had herds of bison liteary cover whole states ,never mind elks and deer they all are grazing animals we just substitute domestic for wild ( what the difference ) Believe we had a greater number of wild grazing animals before we colonize U.S , and at greater number than today cows herds !!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    well if we are lucky we can stick obama head up a cows butt

  • Anonymous

    It’s about money, nothing else. If it were about climate, cutting out Moochell’s trips all over the world would be more help.

  • hntrjrhd

    All of your liberals drink soy, “Soy good, milk, beef bad.” Dim-witts!

  • Robert Piotrowski

    Just another way for Obama to take over the country.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t understand why all these environment nut jobs are so worried about climate, but are not stopping genetically modified crops which will kill us all way before climate does.

  • Anonymous

    And so much stupidity makes me cry. What will they think of next to ruin what is left of our country????

  • Carl Mennare

    This reminds me of the old Milton Friedman joke, If you put the government in charge of the desert, in 5 years there will be a shortage of sand.”
    They are going to kill off the cows.

  • Anonymous

    And , Figment, you think you’re smarter than the HUNDREDS of scientists from around the world who just published their alarming report on how things are already, measurably, demonstrably changing? Hmmmmm, and who’s BS are YOU buying? Remember who’s funding your denial – Big oil and Ag and politicians on the take . . . . See a connection there?

  • Phydeux

    I’ll bet this is a vegan environmentalist plot to regulate meat and dairy out of existence so we’ll all go to a purely vegetable-based diet of broccoli and muesli. But then they’d have to regulate human farts and start culling humanity until the US is conquered by someone else who does away with such foolish regulations and institutes worse.

  • David Fuller

    No more beans for Michelle?

  • Anonymous

    And what happened when all those herds of dinosaurs roamed the earth? Did the poles melt at that time from their flatulence? Look to Russia, China and all those other communist countries. They pollute more than we ever did. The air does not hover over one place, in the end we get what all the other polluters in the world put up into the air and in the meantime you green beat-nicks, will ruin what is left of our
    economy.

  • James Raymond Lane

    OH! Dear GOD! :-(

  • Phydeux

    You DO realize we’ve been genetically modifying crops since before we knew what DNA was, right? After all, cross-breeding and hybridizing are forms of genetic modification. The only difference is now we can get the results we want from the start instead of taking hundreds of generations of seeds to get one new trait.

  • Anonymous

    Funny, had my good laugh of the day, thanks!

  • Suzanne Rice

    Don’t give him any ideas. He’d probably tax us on them.

  • Phydeux

    Won’t work, you’ll just end up with twice the jackass farts.

  • Clark Moore

    As with all lasting arguments, there is an element of truth to both sides. However, neither side is willing to give an inch and try to come up with a meaningful, common-sense approach to the issue. Do we have global warming? Yes. Are we the cause of it? We honestly DO NOT KNOW. We have guesses from both sides. So, how to we hedge our bets without creating oppressive policy? How about focus on maintaining what we have – clean up the fresh water supply (hello??? We’re in a lot worse shape with our fresh water supply than we are with warm weather), and encourage good stewardship of our natural resources by providing tax incentives for those companies who invest in cleaner, more efficient ways of doing business? Of the few things the government actually CAN do well, one is to create these tax incentives and also to fund environmental R&D that otherwise is not profitable for businesses. Honestly, I think both sides can get behind a reasonable, fiscally prudent policy with these things as their basis. So how about it – no more shield banging for a while and let’s force our representatives to use some common sense?

  • Don Skizenta

    Who is going to start controlling the “methane gas” coming from this administration? Every time they speak it seems though there is less content than in cow farts.

  • Suzanne Rice

    This is why someone like you would never make it in government today. You are willing to look at both sides of an issue, compromise, and use common sense. It seems politicians, and so many of their loyal followers, just want to out yell the “other side” instead of remembering that we’re supposed to all be on one side, America’s, and work together. It’s easier to shout and name-call than actually sit down and work out solutions to problems.

  • Sick and Tired of the Lies

    They want us to starve to death…not only are they going to try to take out a valuable food source, they’re going to make it impossible for anyone who wants to try to “grow/raise” their own food…here’s another part of that process…http://www.dailypaul.com/269098/bill-to-require-american-farmers-to-register-seeds-with-the-goverment

  • dippitydo64

    I am the daughter of a life-long dairy farmer and my dad, his brothers, his father and grandfather (who also were dairy farmers) are not only rolling in their respective graves but are also laughing and shaking their heads at this lunacy!!

  • Douglas

    Maybe he can put all illegals to work making butt plugs.
    The Liberals have been working on this since Al Gore and it’s a ruse to steal more money from the cattle industry. Before long they will want to add people to that tax…..

  • http://www.gunstar1.com/ Edward Kimble

    Billions of tons of methane are being turned out by every city sewage treatment plant in the US, Milk is not replaced by soy milk and thousands die every year thinking so, Read the carton, not a milk substitute for infants. Vegetable farming and vegan lifestyle murders thousands of plant and animal species every year by eliminating forests, grazing land, fence rows, and riparian zones that could be used for cattle AND wildlife environment. A plowed field is also a merciless cemetery. And lastly, and most tasty, people can’t eat cellulose, they can’t eat grass, but cattle can convert 4 pounds of grass into a pound of milk or meat. They can do this on unfarmable hillsides and on rocky terrain, in forests and in riparian zones. As a PhD in biological science, I would argue that a 1HP cow will never produce as big a carbon footprint as a 300 HP car, and the notion is beyond laughable, not even close by two orders of magnitude, by a factor of more than 100!!. Obama needs some real biologists, real farmers, real wildlife experts, real atmospheric scientists because this is a worrisome, tragic, negligent, and perhaps even mass murderous mistake.

  • Raymond Michael Borland

    DJLMN, Obama has clamped down (so to speak) on human farting, I am sure you know. there is a hefty Cap and Trade tax on eating baked beans. If you don’t eat baked beans on any specific day you can sell the privilege to eat one can of bake beans to someone else who eats beans more than his/her allotment. If you haven’t signed up already, please do so ASAP. This is extremely important and may save the Arctic polar bears.Contact the USDA Farting Control Division. There is a fine (I mean tax) for not signing up so don’t delay. Just think how proud you will be to leave the world smelling a lot better when you take your last fart and pass on to that great fartless kingdom in the sky.

  • Keith Pallo

    Excuse me but all mammals pass methane as part of the digestive process!!Having been around dairy farms growing up I can tell you that you are not going to get cow to stop farting!! So does that mean we stick a catalytic converter in the cow’s butt?! If so it won’t be long before we will have to do the same!! This just shows you how out of touch with reality these wonks are!! So glad you morons voted for this slug! It will take years to get his appointees and other hires out of the government!!

  • texastruthtweet

    This is ridiculous! LOL!!

  • Raymond Michael Borland

    I read a few years ago that all the sacred cows in India make more greenhouse gas by farting methane than all the greenhouse CO2 gas produced by every car in the USA. Third Woorld countries think that they are goig to get billions of dollars from developed nations like the USA for cap and Trade for CO2 emissions. In fact, India may end up having to kill off their sacred cows or buy methane credits from countries like the Ivory Coast, Liberia, and Namibia.

  • Craig

    If you want to regulate the methane produced by cattle than there’s only one of two solutions with heavy or silly consequences

    A. Reduce the number of cattle. The fewer cattle that exist, the fewer amount of methane they is produced. However, dairy and beef prices will sky rocket as supply fails to meet demand. Then we will have to start importing these perishables more than we already do from countries that don’t raise the same quality cattle we do. Or I guess our farmers could just use a few more steroids and other supplements to increase meat and milk production because that’s what you leftists want right?

    B. Create a system that harvests methane produced by cattle flatulence that can be used to produce energy. So do we have anything like that? Can farmers and feedlots afford such a system, or even be able to implement it into their operation? Is the energy produced greater than the energy used to harvest it? Is the energy “cleaner” than the flatulence? Most importantly, would that system compromise the overall health of cattle and therefor lower the quality of the product produced?

  • lucky bells

    Another one

  • Kitty Kat

    now that’s funny!

  • Anonymous

    This is totally insane…….and why are people even putting up with this BS (literally)……….next it will be humans farting……..becareful!!!!!

  • http://www.gunstar1.com/ Edward Kimble

    …an angel loses his wings?

  • Guest

    It’s about money, not environment. Price Americans into poverty so they are forced to turn to the government for food. They already have your very life in their hands with healthcare depending on your contribution to the collective. Once food prices are out of reach the government can ration your food based again on your contribution. You may think I’m nuts now, but if we don’t change things this will be the way of life.

  • Daniel Beard

    I don’t understand how they think they are going to capture cow farts.

  • Yuri Ivanovich

    Maybe both ends could be sewn shut on all politicians. That would relieve a lot of hot air and gas.

  • Anonymous

    It is all about TAXES!!!!!! There will be a tax per head. About as stupid as global warming! More money to give to the non workers and to pay mudslime countries to hate us. They will also buy arms and munitions so they can kill the infidels. YOU KNOW, US.

  • Michael Gatzke

    It’s not about global warming it’s about reducing the food supply.

  • Jackie Fenolio

    They just want to impose another tax and ruin farmers and ranchers.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Just when you think the peak of absurdity has been achieved, Obama administration personnel manage to take it ever higher. This is another example of idiocy in politics and there is no justification that should allow it to continue. America needs to wake up to the moronic stupidity that is making the rules in Washington and put a stop to it. We really need a break from all of this regulatory excess. It is about time the sane started to exert some much needed control over what this country is becoming and where it is headed.

  • RaqMed

    Does the government have a vendetta against the Central Valley of CA. First, they aren’t giving the farmers water to farm their lands which may cause 800,000 acres of land to go fallow. Now they are regulating dairies which the Central Valley, which produces one – third of the nation’s milk. Something stinks here, and it’s not coming from the rear end of a cow!!!

  • Melinda

    That wouldn’t last long. The build-up would create an explosion.

  • Shawn

    I can tell you right now. No. We are not the cause of global warming. Weren’t we in an ice age in the past? And before that, didn’t dinosaurs live in hot, tropical climates all over the globe? This is called NATURE. These are naturally occurring cycles. Nothing new here. Nothing to see. Mooooove along, now.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Can there be much doubt?

  • Shawn

    It’s no mistake.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Have you ever questioned the motives of this government and it’s increasing reliance on compliant scientists? Of course they never have any dissenting views from the scientific community, so people like you never see how ridiculous the government has become.

    If you are referring to global warming, that has proven to be a hoax because the statistics were manipulated by scientists doing government funded research as a way to assure their grants would continue to flow. The fact is we have had no appreciable change in the global temperature in 17 years.

    “As was noted in an online article posted by The New American last December 18:
    In September, meanwhile, data also showed that sea ice levels in Antarctica had expanded to record levels for the second year in a row. Of course, by now, virtually everyone who has been following news about “global warming” — now more often referred to as “climate change” owing to public-relations concerns — also knows that global temperatures have not risen for some 17 years. The spectacular lack of warming demolished all 73 of the “climate models” used by the United Nations to push its controversial theories.”

    Source URL

    http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/17958-un-climate-change-report-uses-alarmist-global-warming-language

  • Bill Tilghman

    Have you ever been to a farm? You do a wonderful job of repeating the liberal environmentalist spin, but your outright ignorance of reality in regard to how agriculture works tells me you don’t have any personal knowledge of the subject.

    Perhaps you should do some research into the recommendations being made by the USDA instead of being another panic voice. Much of what you are re-stating is not in line with the people who do the actual farming here in the US. Have you ever worked on a farm or do you have any relatives who do? I seriously doubt you can truthfully answer those questions in the affirmative. Farmers are not simply motivated by production – they go about the business of farming with two things in mind, first, how to farm and preserve the resource, and second how to maximize yield without sacrificing the soil and water that are essential to their continued practice of agriculture.

    For any long term farming enterprise to do as you are suggesting would mean that they only intend to farm for a few years and then to leave when the yield falls off. It simply isn’t done that way, but then, you wouldn’t really know about that now would you?

  • Bill Tilghman

    Option A is doable, however it would produce the results you suggest in the market, and it would still pose a problem as the existing number of herds would still emit methane.

    Option B simply isn’t within the realm of the possible.

    The only method I am aware of to capture methane from livestock involves gathering their waste and putting it in a digester within which the gas is allowed to accumulate. As far as actual flatulence goes, I don’t believe any technology of a practical nature exists.

    Additionally, no dairy or beef operation is going to seal their property in a dome, which is what would be required to stop the dispersion of the offending gas into the atmosphere. Therefore it is fairly clear that Obama and his cronies intend for us to do away with Beef and Dairy – probably because Michelle is driving her anti obesity program in that direction. Her simplistic view is fairly clear – if you can’t eat beef or consume dairy with their associated high fat content, then you will be healthier. This of course ignores the fact that the higher fiber content of fruit and vegetables causes most people to emit more methane than meat or dairy for the average person. Yet another inconvenient truth this administration chooses to ignore in order to promote their foolish political agenda.

  • independent thinker

    Put fart collection bags on both ends of all the politicians is Washington. It will cut methane emissions in half and provide a new energy source that will make us energy independent.

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  • Deckard426

    Price of milk will skyrocket to pay for all the fart-o-meters.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Actually there is absolutely no evidence of global warming in the past 17 years, according to the UN’s own IPCC which has published their findings in line with this statement in September of 2013.

    Another side of this argument is presented by Meteorology Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT, who served as a lead author with the third IPCC report, said that the UN climate body had “truly sunk to a level of hilarious incoherence” in its 2013 assessment.

    “In attributing warming to man,” notes Lindzen, “they fail to point out that the warming has been small, and totally consistent with there being nothing to be alarmed about. It is quite amazing to see the contortions the IPCC has to go through in order to keep the international climate agenda going.”

    http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/17958-un-climate-change-report-uses-alarmist-global-warming-language

    So not only is there little to be concerned about regarding global warming, but top scientists in the field of meteorology find it to be absurd to dwell on such dire predictions when there is little evidence to support the theory.

    As far as clean water is concerned, the USDA Soil Conservation Service and Rural Water Districts all across the country have been working – effectively – to achieve the cleanest water resources possible for 50 years. While there are several areas for concern regarding our water supply, the agriculture business isn’t a problem, they have been actively engaged in maintaining our fresh water supply for decades. Some here want to blame agriculture but that simply isn’t a reality.

    Industry and large metropolitan centers are far more detrimental to water quality than all the agriculture across the country.

    I don’t consider this shield banging, rather I call it common sense backed by evidence.

  • http://decodingbibleprophecy.com Connie Anderson

    We have more cows than people in Nebraska! We have less smell than a city, except when we’re down wind now and then. Don’t we just love that country air! YEAH! Course we can move upwind and that’s what makes people live longer!

  • Dorothy Barnum

    First, we were terrible people for killing the millions of bison roaming the range in he 1800′s when we were actually saving the climate from methane so we wouldn’t have global warming. Now, we are terrible people because we have some hoofed critters that do emit methane.

  • Kristin Woodland

    I think that Glenn needs to read up on digesters. The methane emissions being talked about have nothing to do with cow flatulence. Rather, they are talking about the emissions caused by the break down of manure. This could actually be practically reduced in a manner that would be helpful to farmers. A fantastic device called a digester can ferment that manure and other refuse on the ground in the barn from the cows. Methane is then produced and captured in a manner in which it can be used to run generators. Cannon Dairy in Shelley, Idaho has one. They actually make money off of it. The leftovers from the digester can even be heated high enough to kill dangerous microbes, then dried and used for bedding for the cows. If we gave digesters to farms we could actually drop prices on milk. More farms would have digesters if they could afford the absurd start up costs. So if Obama wants to pay for them, the farmers, dairy consumers, and environment would win. Reducing methane emissions could be a great thing. Perhaps I do not know enough about the regulations proposed, but Glenn does not know much about how farms run, or dare I say it…cow flatulence and methane?

  • Libertologist

    There are plenty of scientists who disagree that human or bovine interaction has anything to do with climate change. The same body of evidence points to the sun as a primary factor in climate change. WHY is that ignored by our current administration? because there is no political gain to be had by it.

  • Roberta McMillan

    Look back in our governments history to the appointing of Earl Butz as Secretary of Ag and you will see the beginning of the downfall of our agriculture system. He tol small farmers and ranchers to get big or get out. We’ve been ruining our agriculcural system and our planet ever since. And yes that was with a republican in the white house. This is why I am a conservative who doesn’t care about party but position.

  • Libertologist

    A poopsplosion! That would be cray cray.

  • Anonymous

    Climate changes constantly throughout time! Neither cows nor humans can alter the climate! CO2 is NEEDED by plants! Wake up, it’s all a myth. I’ve done my own research thank you very much. I open my mind AND opened some books not written by Leftist, shill, junk scientists. I’m not going to read your NYT piece. Please, go find ALL of your Leftist buddies, THEN go find a REAL tall cliff and JUMP OFF! We Conservatives don’t deserve to lose our world to Socialist morons!

  • Anonymous

    There is no warming! Were you around this past winter? Or have you noticed that during the last 17 YEARS there is no warming…anywhere??!

  • Anonymous

    Then feed ‘em beans and deviled eggs, damn it!

  • Anonymous

    One small volcano eruption and it skews all the numbers, how they gonna try to regulate that?

  • Anonymous

    Somebody listened to Brian William’s news tonight, evidently.

  • wilder125

    So… how long before Glenn Beck figures out that the Daily Caller he’s citing complete with a link, is a confirmed parody news site. By the owners of Daily Caller.

    Of course they tend to parody something already existing. But I’d say the actual wording, makeup, and final draft is very different from the Caller’s version.

  • Dalene Kolk

    It just shows where his head has been this whole time! Up someone’s or something’s a**

  • Melissa Miller

    This President is a smoker I wonder what that does to air quality. Common Core Cow Patties. Love, Melissa

  • nosyjme

    Nobody gives a F**K!!!

  • nicole b.

    How about they stop feeding the cows gmo grains and just let them eat grass as their bodies are intended. I would think that fixing the animals’ gut would help reduce emissions and be more cost effective, not to mention better for the general public consuming the goods as well.

  • Taylor Titcomb

    What this article fails to point out is that methane harvesters are used in dairy´s to capture the methane in the fecal matter and harness it for energy. If more dairies had this technology they’d all but eliminate their need for outside power thus reducing their carbon footprint. You can’t regulate a fart. It’s in the air, so unless your cows are in a sealed environment it’s impossible. The intelligence of who wrote this astounds

  • landofaahs

    I believe the string of BS in this country stretches from one end to DC and back again. The line of BS seems to have no end…except in the end.

  • Rhonda

    Why are we talking about cow flatulence when our skies across the US and the rest of the world are sprayed on a daily basis with aerosols loaded with chemicals? There is no longer any denying the fact that what those of us paying attention are seeing, are not normal contrails. Wake up folks and any naysayers, please don’t waste my time with your ignorance. We are slowly being poisoned and our land is being destroyed to make way for Monsanto and their aluminum resistant seeds. These horrendous looking skies are now a part of most every commercial and movie we see now. The conditioning is working very well. These insane people have created the very problem they now call “climate change”. They have just declared it an issue that is not debatable. Where is the science when you leave no room for debate? Now that they have made their declaration to save us all, you will see the real agenda quickly fall into place. Only when the majority of this Nation open their eyes and face what is being done to us, will we be able to stop these criminals. All you need to do is take some time to watch the skies. You will see for yourself. Then educate yourself and the guy next to you. http://globalskywatch.com/

  • Betty Bryant

    Lydia, this kind of advertising doesn’t work. It only makes us angry. I know you are only trying to make some money but find another way.

  • Anonymous

    Just asking because I’m not sure. If the cows can’t be regulated the way this administration wants, then will the US citizens who want meat have to get it from abroad? Okay here is the really far fetched thought, unless I’m confused, are Muslims against eating cow meat.

  • lol fail

    build a dome over said cow farm create a venting system that harvest’s the methane and boom freeish natural gas that will pay off the domes

  • Cathy Clark

    Oh, what a mental image.

  • Anonymous

    Anaerobic digesters turn the Methane cattle produce in their urine and feces into a gas that can be used to power electricity. The byproducts are liquid fertilizer to put on fields and bedding/mulch which cn=an be used or sold. The electricity will not only provide all that is needed at the livestock operation, but can be sold back to the electric company. It will pay for itself in 3-5 years. Government Grants and low interest loans are possible.

  • Anonymous

    That’s been going on for thousands of years so he would be hard pressed to suggest it has damaged anything with any serious level of credibility. My grandmother once suggested that if they could find a way to meter the air you breathe, they would tax that, too. Are they now going to go about taxing farmers for the gas emissions of their cows…really? Talk about outrageous!

  • Anonymous

    With so much further regulation, just think of what is going to happen to the prices for milk, butter, beef, etc. – this is just another DemocRAT scheme to rip off the public!

  • Anonymous

    Bird may breed….but bird will abort, I say fine (I mean tax) liberals breeding rights and jail them for life for murder after the abortion.

  • Anonymous

    Do you know what I found amusing Soda….the usage of the NYTimes as a viable source of information.

  • Johnny Ringo

    2 1/2 more years and we all will be riding bicycles and eating tofu.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ritchietheriveter Ritchie The Riveter

    Somehow, I think the energy benefits of methane harvesting is being way overblown … and the costs underestimated … because the idea fits The Narrative.

    Farmers are smarter than politicians (you don’t stay in the profession for long if you are dumb, since you are held accountable by nature on a regular basis) … if this was cost-effective, you would see them moving to install it.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ritchietheriveter Ritchie The Riveter

    Of course they seek to regulate cow flatulence.

    Unregulated cow flatulence leads to more opportunities for people to compare it to the policies and statements of this Administration … and follow their noses to the similarities between them.

    Corollary: everyone loves free ice cream and a pony … until reality hits the barn floor behind the pony and they have to clean it up.

  • Chad Petrash

    One humans carbon footprint in a single year does more harm to the earth than 1000 cows can do in a lifetime. Limit the amount of humans and the earth will have a chance.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ritchietheriveter Ritchie The Riveter

    Just what we need … more government spending.

    If they were truly cost-effective, they wouldn’t need government grants to get more farmers to install them. Pushing for such measures opens the door for Big Ag crony capitalism, at the expense of small/family farmers – and the rest of us.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ritchietheriveter Ritchie The Riveter

    Better yet, install large wind turbines above Washington DC – with their axes oriented vertically, so the rising hot air will spin them at maximum speed.

    (Those turbines might need high-temp and bearing upgrades, however.)

  • https://www.facebook.com/ritchietheriveter Ritchie The Riveter

    And/or create another crony-capitalism opportunity for Big Ag to “do business” with them.

  • ken.

    our temperatures here in arizona have been 10 – 15 degrees warmer then average the last several years. the entire southwest has been unusually warm. i do not blame it on global warming, i give credit to natural weather cycles that change back and forth as they have been since the creation of earth.

  • ken.

    the amish collect cow farts in plastic garbage bags and use it for explosives.

  • robert gould

    I guess it is a good thing that man wiped out all the buffalo that used to cover the plans of the American west. Just think of all the gas they must have produced.

  • Glenn Wojcik

    This is very serious problem in America and many American’s are effected. It’s time we as Nation address this growing problem. Wake up America and smell the coffee, in this case the methane. Are President I looking into the problem. Guess where his head is? Up his?

  • Deckard426

    I was standing in line at the grocery store yesterday, waiting to purchase some gin with my bridge card, and I noticed the Enquirer front page says Mooch is divorcing Barry. What’s up with that?

  • http://biosaari.blogspot.com/ Palosaari

    If only Glenn Beck had taken a biology course in high school.

  • Anonymous

    http://energy.gov/eere/contributors/kathleen-hogan
    She did a study years ago, read this article.

  • Scott Fyfe

    Maybe King Obama would benefit from limiting people instead of cows. Think about it. Less people = less meat and dairy consumptions = less methane gas. Simple Common Core math.

  • Anonymous

    You can not fix stupid!

  • Andrew Piera

    I think the really Methane problem is the gas coming out of Pelosi and Reid’s mouth.

  • Josiah Silas Michael

    You know stupidity when you see it but you’re reading a Glenn Beck website?

  • Josiah Silas Michael

    Beef is one the most inefficient proteins to produce compared to chicken and soy. Not to mention less healthy. But beef has such a proud American (and masculine) reputation that you’d have to be a fruity liberal to consider eating anything else.

  • Josiah Silas Michael

    It seems “progressive” has become such a dirty word among conservatives, which is extremely fitting. Anything that could be considered “progress” must be bullsh*t because we’ve been doing it a certain way for so long, how could it possibly be bad? There must be an evil agenda behind this push for progress.

  • Josiah Silas Michael

    You’re on a F*CKING GLENN BECK WEBSITE and you’re scoffing and the journalistic integrity of the New York Times. Pot, meet kettle.

  • Josiah Silas Michael

    I don’t honestly believe conservatives care about an aborted life so much as they want to win the abortion argument and feel morally superior to people they have never met and can’t relate to.

  • Josiah Silas Michael

    Let’s all grow up and call it climate change, since apparently the existence of snow and the complex consequences of a global climate allude you.

    For instance, increased ocean temperatures will mean increased evaporation, which will result in more water in the atmosphere that has to come down somewhere, including sometimes, yes, as more snow. Additionally, the decreasing sea ice in the Arctic may be weakening the jet stream, a high altitude band of fast moving air, which, among other things, is responsible for keeping cold Arctic air in the Arctic, like that polar vortex that probably ruined your day if you lived along the East Coast.

    http://science.time.com/2014/01/06/climate-change-driving-cold-weather/

  • Anonymous

    Yes you are confused. Hindus don’t eat cows, they are sacred to them. Muslems will not eat pork.

  • Jeff Cornell

    I like this story Glenn, great work! I don’t WANT hamburger to go up! It’s my favorite all time food, and I’ve even studied about how eating a clean diet can make you super human like or w/e. Still won’t change to a healthy diet without a chef, can’t do it.

  • Anonymous

    Folks, if you thought beef was expensive now just wait until this kicks in. Lobster is going to look cheap when compared to the price of the steak if you could even get a steak. The only beef in the US will have to be imported beef from Argentia & Austrailia & Canada.

  • Anonymous

    if the farmers will spray the fields with beano, jobs would be created, no more warming,and the world would be like a bed of roses,, oh that may smell good but it will stick you,,, vote me for president then we will have a party a clean up party!!!!

  • Lance Russell

    speaking of things that can be related to and understood, how many of you “liberal” people grew up on a farm, or ranch, and REALLY understand how your food is actually produced?! …and how most of these other issues tie together? YOU get educated beyond listening to some idiot, and believe what they say, and study to find the truth! -then we can discuss this in a reasonable manner!

  • Gordo Wyne

    Military? Im pretty sure we still have by far the best funded, best equipped and best trained military in the world. We have the only open sea carrier fleet( so we can park a base basically off any country with a coast) and our Air Force is two generations ahead of our closest competitor. HOW EXACTLY did Washington screw up our Military?

  • Gordo Wyne

    I love the completely unqualified statement that methane is at an all time low. Oh Glenn, you can’t just make things up to help back up your argument. Wait thats all you do.

  • Lance Brown

    What would you know about being proud or masculine? You’re a low information progressive without a clue. You bash people who visit this site but offer no solutions to the problems being discussed. Why don’t get back to playing your video games and clean your Mom’s basement on occasion? She is after all, (along with honest tax payers), supporting your right to be a “fruity liberal”.

  • tina

    the earth is and has always been changing .Ever heard of the ice age? its just that somewhere down the line govt figured out that if they convinced people it was their fault they could control them with guilt and make money at the same time,.Its a grand plan

  • Lance Brown

    You’re a flaming, uniformed Liberal extolling the virtues of a failed political posture and have the audacity to spew your ignorance on a public forum. Idiot; meet idiot.

  • Lance Brown

    Blah, blah blah. Insert another sound bite from your idol, Al Gore. He is the one who defined it as global warming btw and you were one of his minions who swallowed it hook, line and sinker. Now that mother nature proved you and your ilk to be wrong, you simply rename it. You lowered the thresh hold on named storms as well. Your ignorance would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

  • tina

    the earth is and has always been changing .Ever heard of the ice age? its just that somewhere down the line govt figured out that if they convinced people it was their fault they could control them with guilt and make money at the same time,.Its a grand plan

  • Benderbends

    I think they should all blow it out their a$$! :D

  • Anonymous

    They are making changes that make the military a less and less attractive career. The kinds of people needed for a good military are starting to look elsewhere.

  • Anonymous

    I grew up milking cows. If a cow wants to go, it will go no matter where or when.

  • Josiah Silas Michael

    I really didn’t care about climate change when his movie came out and I still haven’t seen it. I was more disgusted by the war crimes and war profiteering that the Bush administration was committing, confident that you people would be too zealous and ignorant to care about it. He was right!

  • Clark Moore

    You’re right – and as much as I would like to get into government just so I could inject a mind that isn’t skewed by the whim of interest groups, I know I would be eaten by the machine – out-shouted by the passionate misdirected. It’s just not worth putting myself into that Jerry Springer fun factory. I just wish people would realize that this argument is akin to one involving the definition of love. We would tear each other apart trying to assert our definition, and by doing so forget to do the very thing we try to define. Like love, climate change is a conceptual argument. Science is not a god – it’s a calculated guess. It’s a work in progress and prone to constant and innumerable errors (but we never want to talk about those, right?). We could actually get something good done if we just silence the war drums long enough to try. I mean – isn’t that what our government was assembled to do? Interesting thought: How can we blame our government for doing the will of the people, when our will is so befuddled with nonsense? Take care – nice to hear from other level-headed folks out in the interwebz. :)

  • Anonymous

    take off the blindfold – NYT integrity – don’t make me laugh – just as o-blinded by his light – right? leftist propaganda outlet!

  • Josiah Silas Michael

    You all want to act like you’re informed but you’re incapable of processing anything that disagrees with what you already believe as “propaganda” and “lies”. How is Glenn Beck not propaganda? Or is a political slant only okay if you agree with the slant?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know what kind of a statement are you trying to make. and how can you honestly be that rediculous! You must think that is a fun thing to do – aborting – IT IS NOT.

  • Josiah Silas Michael

    I don’t advocate abortions if that’s what you think, but I think it should be maintained as an option for young mothers unprepared to raise a child.

    The discussion always revolves around how precious the baby is, but the same conservatives will chastise and condescend to the poor for being “entitled” and wanting “handouts”. I feel like the impoverished youth are more or less neglected. Neglected because they don’t have good role models to show them how to be responsible adults and neglected because their schools lack funding to give them a comprehensive education that they can immediately use in their community. Then they get pregnant at 16 and they’re supposed to what, drop out of school and work minimum wage forever because some middle-upper class white people are going to call them murderers?

    Preventing abortions involves investing resources into poor areas and giving everyone a comprehensive education on birth control… but those are more things that conservatives hate. So what’s the solution?

  • Josiah Silas Michael

    The government isn’t perpetuating this “myth” on us like Americans are the only people stupid enough to fall for it, it’s a globally accepted reality that is forcing us to reconsider how sustainable our lifestyles are or how sustainable they could be. How insidious.

  • Anonymous

    I think we need to regulate the flatulence that is emanating from DC. The stench is palpable.

  • landofaahs

    LOL I thought they made balloons out of them. You learn something new every day.

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    What about all the flatulence coming from DONKEYS and ELEPHANTS?

    The consequences of the framers’ failure to establish Yahweh’s law of liberty as the supreme law of the land are endless–this is but one of them. Had Moses come down Mt. Sinai with today’s Constitutional laws, he wouldn’t have come down the Mountain with two tablets, but with a broken back, a hernia, and an untold number of wagons pulled by donkeys and elephants alike, “flatulating.”

    “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3)

    For more on how Yahweh’s perfect law of liberty (His commandments, statutes, and judgments) apply today, see free online book “Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/law-kingdomFrame.html.

    Then find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a free copy of an 85-page book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

  • Anonymous

    Is that why early Americans slaughtered Mega-millions of Bison? To much methane
    ?

  • Anonymous

    Besides, “We have to pass this flatulence to see what’s in it”

  • Anonymous

    The solution? Kind of easy, keep your pants on.

  • Anonymous

    So the earth gets colder because of global warming. You’re a genius.

  • Josiah Silas Michael

    Good one, Bert. While you’re at it, you can solve the AIDS epidemic in Africa with the same minimalist problem solving skills.

  • Josiah Silas Michael

    Yes, and I sourced the explanation in case it was too confusing for you. I’m not a genius, but I’m sure the scientists who are studying climate change are and their opinion matters more than yours.

  • Anonymous

    This is the most ridiculous load of “UN” bovine scat to come down the pike in many a moon. So first we get rid of cows then horses, pigs, buffalo, elk and all the large animals in zoos and wild animal parks. At the same time we and the UN convince the rest of the world to join in offing all large, domesticated and wild, animals. Now where does the planet get it’s protein, there’s chicken, fish, sheep and goats. So chicken flocks balloon as do sheep and goat herds and then we are back to square one with those huge herds and flocks putting methane in the air That is assuming that we don’t drive the planet into an “Ice Age” in which case those herds and flocks won’t happen and we’ll all starve and freeze to death.

  • Anonymous

    Josiah, self-control is a virtue. If you don’t have virtue, you do what you want. You have choices and the freedom to make them. It’s the ability to deal with the consequences that makes you who you are. A woman truly does have the right to do what she wants with her body. I just hate that Planned Parenthood receives government funding. If these women want an abortion SO BAD (btw only 2% of abortions happen in the case of incest or rape or medical complications…COMBINED, that is a FACT, I’m talking about the other 98% here), then why can’t they just pay for it personally?! Isn’t the decision a PERSONAL one? It’s none of my business, but where my tax money goes, THAT’S my business whether you want to recognize it or not.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not confused. Everybody called it Global Warming, and when things weren’t warming up, you changed the name. The climate changes on its own, deal with it.

  • Anonymous

    If we don’t eat beef we’ll have to eat more beans. Something just doesn’t smell right…….er, so to speak.

  • fedup

    They already want to control CO2 – the breath we exhale. Looks like they want to get more ‘redistributable wealth’ by taxing breathing and farting. What;s next sleeping?

  • Anonymous

    Liberty and free markets do not stand against our natural social interaction and voluntary association, but against plunder’s injustice.

  • Josiah Silas Michael

    I didn’t personally change the name of Global Warming, but it was probably changed to avoid misconceptions about climate change… in particular that the entire globe was just going to get a few degrees toastier like someone turned up the dial on Earth’s thermostat. I also am not a scientist and I don’t study climate change, but I have to assume it’s bigger than just opening my window, seeing there’s snow on the ground, and assuming that it must be BS.

  • Josiah Silas Michael

    Ok legitimate question then: if climate change is real but only to the extent that it’s natural and it’s not the fault of human contamination, aren’t there still considerable and costly consequences to that? Even if all of our attempts to be cleaner and more sustainable are just liberal agenda BS, the climate is shifting in a way that is threatening our ability to be productive. It’s threatening our food supply. Shouldn’t something be done about this, or are we just supposed to sit back and watch the poor starve to death?

  • Anonymous

    Democrats are really, really, really going LOKO on Global Warming. How can you stop or regulate COW FARTH? Duh… I would agree with them if they set and example by eliminating their SUVs, YACTHS, MANSIONS, etc. start with AL GORE
    Start riding Donkeys, Wagons, Bicycles, Oil Lamp. If they start doing this, then they are really serious about Reducing Global Warming. Do it.

  • Anonymous

    So… does this mean the by next year, dairy farmers and cattle ranchers will be required to bring their various bovine in for emissions testing?

  • countrykickin81

    The dumbest regulation I think I have heard of yet! What do we tell our cows! Sorry buckaroo no farting anymore you are polluting the world! I think this Obama team can go somewhere else!

  • Jenn

    I think what should be done is to stick a cork up obummers butt and stop his lying farts….too much of his stink is all over the world as it is…LOLOLOLOL

  • Populist democrat

    “Forget about the fact that methane emissions are at all time lows….”

    Why do people believe such blatant lies?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Methane.jpg

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  • Anonymous

    what about elk, deer, buffalo, caribou, antelope..they all fart, how does he propose to sop that kill them all? And elephants, they make really big farts.

  • Cat vonHassel Davies

    Did you even read the White House press release Glenn linked to? No where does it mention regulating cow farts. Do you even know what Biogas is? Your comments really do prove ‘you people’ are sheeple and believe everything they spoon feed you.

  • carlenefrazierwendel

    They will be scheduling our bowel movements next, so that people don’t always go to the bathroom at the same time and cause too much gas.. What next you stupid idiots in Washington, are you going to try to do to the public… GET OUT OF OUR PERSONAL LIVES. We don’t need a nanny, and if we did, it wouldn’t be you.

  • Fiddlejo