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August 03, 2005

It's official: Cow flatulence pollutes more than cars

From NewsDay.com...

Dairies are the No. 1 source of smog-producing pollution in the San Joaquin Valley, producing more than even cars and light trucks, according to a report released by air regulators on Monday.

The San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District has determined that a cow annually emits 19.3 pounds of volatile organic compounds, the gases that contribute to smog. That is 50 percent more than currently thought, the report said.

The new emission factor will force up to 250 more dairies to apply for permits, and force them to comply with regulations that are to be announced next summer.

Jared Fernandes, a dairy farmer who milks 3,000 cows in Tulare, said he finds the district's report hard to believe.

"It a joke," he said. "Common sense tells me that I doubt cows are producing more than cars. Would you rather sit in your garage with your car running, or sit in a garage with a cow all night?"

A car doesn't run 24-hours a day; a cow does.

I wonder if there's any truth to the rumor that farmers will be issues corks as a temporary remedy.

Coverage: Jawa Report, IndePundit

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 3, 2005 09:16 AM

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