Posted by: As I See It by Arnie | August 22, 2007

A Moose and a Cow, more potent than cars.

The flatulence of Cows and the belches of Moose are now being blamed for global climate change. They are more potent to the environment than cars.  Yep, that’s the latest study results.  Scientists sure have been busy studying these things. I wonder just how they do it. How do they catch the emissions produced by the farting and belching animals?

“Norway is concerned that its national animal, the moose, is harming the climate by emitting an estimated 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year through its belching and farting. Norwegian newspapers, citing research from Norway’s technical university, said a motorist would have to drive 13,000 kilometers in a car to emit as much CO2 as a moose does in a year.” Link.

How many moose in Norway?   How many cows in the US? 

After studying the cows emissions, scientists hit upon an idea. Change their diet. New varieties of grasses need to be developed.   That would be better than bags collecting those methane filled farts and belches.  Can you imagine the sight as you drove down a rural road.

“Normally a cow’s stomach is pretty inefficient — 80 percent of food ingested comes out as waste or methane. The average cow produces between 300 and 500 liters of methane a day, most of it through belching. “There is a common misperception about how methane gets into the atmosphere,” Michael Abberton, a scientist at the Aberystwsth’s Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, said Monday. “It is actually through belching rather than the other end.”

….the key could be developing new varieties of legumes and grass, as well as planting more clover and birdsfoot trefoil, a common wildflower. These could change the way the bacteria in the cow’s gut breaks down food.” Link to the article.

Do you get the thought that most of this stuff is utter silliness?   Mankind must be the culprit.  We like steaks and burgers and hot dogs.   Our fault.  Cars, industrial waste, light bulbs, and animals doing what they do, and the earth gets warmer, but only after the earth got cooler after it was warmer. A big push is on to change out the older incandescent light bulbs with the CFL kind to save energy.   But then more information became available about the mercury in the CFL’s.    A big push is out to reduce the emissions of automobiles by encouraging more of the hybrid kind, but then more information surfaced saying that producing the giant batteries in the hybrids produces more carbon dioxide than thought.   There’s more.   But it all follows the same pattern.   Grocers are conflicted now as whether to offer plastic or paper sacks. The paper degrades in the landfills, the plastic does not, but consumers prefer the plastic. The plastic bottles that pop and water are marketed in is bad for the environment, the land fills, so one city decides to add an additional tax on each bottle.

Someone will now suggest a special tax on moose and cows?   Is the plural of moose, meese, as is geese for goose?

Have these scientists studied the croaks of frogs, or birds and those droppings on your windshield, and for sure chickens are guilty of something also.   KFC frys too many.  Now fish just dump all of their waste in the lakes and streams from where we get our drinking water.     What size waste is it of those whales.   Have you thought of the times you’ve been swimming in a lake and swallowed some of that water and what microparticles of fish waste you consumed?   That’s just how revolting all of these studies are.   Let’s get serious folks.   There are more important things.

The earth is big enough, the wind comes and the wind goes, clouds form and the rains or snow pours, volcanoes erupt and earthquakes rumble and hurricanes blow, and the earth is still here after whatever your religion states as the age of this planet.   Thousands of species of animals come and go, eat of the grasses, fruits or of each other, are killed by man for food or sport and they are still here since the majesty of creation.   Which is it?   Too many animals, or too many people?   Plants are said to absorb this carbon dioxide and contribute back food for humans or animals or shelter for all. Why do you think the carbon traders want to trade your dollars into trees?   To absorb the farts of cows and the exhaust of cars, so go plant a tree or a shrub, if that’s makes you feel better.

And a new scientific study emerges concluding that carbon dioxide emissions has no effect on the planets temperature. That it “is largely irrelevant, prompting one veteran meteorologist to quip, “You can go outside and spit and have the same effect as doubling carbon dioxide.” Reid Bryson, founding chairman of the Department of Meteorology at the University of Wisconsin, who said the temperature of the earth is increasing, but that it’s got nothing to do with what man is doing.

We already have laws regulating spitting on public sidewalks.

There are more important things for scientists to do.

And this is how I see it.


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