by Molly Noble Bull
(Sing along to a tune from the Broadway Show,
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.