June 27, 2009

The Cattlemen and the Government Can Be Friends


by Molly Noble Bull


(Sing along to a tune from the Broadway Show, Oklahoma.)

Oh, the cattlemen and the government can be friends.

Yes, the cattlemen and the government can be friends.

The government says that cows pass gas.

The cattlemen say they’re taxing fast.

But that doesn’t mean that they can’t still be friends.

Or does it?

What does the cowboy in the picture below and the cattle have in common?

They both breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.

Well, the grass, trees, and other plants in the picture need the cowboy and the cattle, too.

Remember in school when your teacher told you that plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the air? Well, it’s still true today.

But in some circles lately, carbon dioxide—called carbons—has gotten a bad name. The goal of some environmentalists is to reduce carbon dioxide and other “so called” greenhouse gases to help save the planet.

Certainly saving the people on this planet is a worthy goal. In fact, Jesus Christ died on a cross to do just that.

Still, it makes one wonder if in the future people will be expected to hold their breaths until they turn blue before being allowed to exhale. I heard on TV recently that since cattle not only breathe out carbons but also flagellate—expelling methane gas—the owners of such animals might have to pay a tax on that.

If any of these senseless ideas become the law of the land, beef and diary products could skyrocket. Yet the US Congress is already talking about a bill requiring companies to have an emissions permit for every ton of carbon dioxide it releases into the atmosphere.


Welcome to the land of Cap and Trade, and if you don’t know what Cap and Trade is, do a Google search.

Most farmers and ranchers are law-abiding citizens, and when the government is law abiding, too, these two groups should get along just fine. They might even become friends.

Personally, I have found farmers and ranchers to be some of the nicest people you will ever want to meet, and every one of them breathes out and breathes in—just like their cattle do.


The climate bill called Cap and Trade passed the US House of Representatives by a slim margin. As the daughter and granddaughter of Texas cowboys, I hope Cap and Trade does not pass the US Senate. But I won’t hold my breath until it happens.



Tina Dee Books said...

Very interesting article, Molly. Kind of funny, but also pretty sad to think they'll put a tax on, well, cattle passing gas.

Thanks for letting us know this. I don't think I would have known about it, except for your post. (Cute song.)


Molly Noble Bull said...

Thanks for writing, Tina. I don't normally write on topics of this nature. But this one was very related to ranching today.

Debby Mayne said...

We need to constantly pray for our leaders--that they won't tax us so heavily to further their own agendas. My grandfather and all his brothers were farmers--with cows. They cared deeply about the USA and protecting the land.

Debbie Gail Smith said...

I often joke about the next thing the government will tax is the air we breath. This post sounds like they are one step closer to actually doing that.
Get TEA'd (Taxed Enough Already). Find a TEA party near you. afa.net

Diana said...

I too, hope that bill fails. It will hurt our country so much. I'm glad you had the courage to write about it.

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Thanks for passing on the information regarding this bill, Molly. I so hope this doesn't pass.


Molly Noble Bull said...

Thanks to all of you for commenting on my article, and please write your US Senators and tell them what you think before they vote on this bill in the senate.
I'm not very good at holding my breath.