My Turn, Your Turn: Cow tax

By Gary McNair - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Environmental Protection Agency wants to get really serious about clean air. The agency is considering issuing a tax on those emitting high levels of greenhouse gases.

I can hear environmentalists applauding, but hold on.  The EPA is not going after industry and transportation.  Instead they want to tax the cows!  Seriously the cows!

You and I don't see cows as an environmental hazard?   Well - cows release gas and they do it in the same way we do.

The numbers haven't been worked out, but early predictions call for a farmer to be taxed $175 for each dairy cow he has, and about half that for beef cattle.

I didn't know that dairy cows emit more gas - but apparently they do.  Perhaps it's their diet.

Now I am all about being a better environmental citizen, but make no mistake this is not about the environment.

This is about government taxing anything it can.  And I think it goes without saying, this idea stinks.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at