You’ve probably heard about carbon taxes on automobiles and power plants, but how about on cows and pigs? Well believe it or not, if the EPA has its way, farmers who own more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle, or 200 hogs may be taxed between $20 and $175 for each animal because of their alleged contribution to global warming. Yes, you heard it right, in an effort to lower methane emissions, which is a greenhouse gas, the EPA has proposed taxing farmers for their carbon output, which could cost the owner of a modest-sized ranch somewhere around $30,000 per year. Since farmers say this will push many of them out of business, one can understand why they think this tax, even more than their pig pens, simply stinks.

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