On Cattle Exhaust, Farm Dust, Algae Powered Cars and Human Breath Tax
Hugh Betcha, Ace Reporter for the Mighty Canada Free Press and winner of the 2020 Environmental Reporter of the Year Award by Greenpeace, interviewed AOC, who will head the EPA after President [God Help Us] Biden takes office in 2021. AOC shared her proposed radical regulations to take effect on the day of the election.
In an effort to curb methane emissions from livestock who shamelessly pollute the air with their gaseous exhaust, endanger the ozone layer, melt the polar icecaps and raise the average ambient temperature of the planet by one one-thousandth of a degree per decade, AOC has proposed that the federal government impose a per head gas tax on cattle and other livestock. Until the E.P.A. implements such a rule, livestock remain free to pass gas without fear of federal intervention.
“I guess you can call it a different sort of gas tax—one that regulates methane gas emitted from the anal port of the livestock…gas that is literally ruining the planet. When you consider the hundreds of millions of cattle on the planet emitting gallons of methane every day, it is a wonder that we have any polar ice caps left at all. According to the inventor of the internet, Al Gore—world’s leading expert on the environment and gas bag expert who has studied cattle emissions for twenty years—at the present rate of bovine emission, the seas will rise twenty feet due to the melting of the polar icecap, the Brazilian Rain Forest will be reduced by fifty percent and the ozone layer will largely disappear by the year 2028. The main culprit is cattle emissions and the uncaring farmers and ranchers so intent on making a profit that they allow their livestock to wander around eating vegetation and passing gas all day—totally unregulated by the federal government. We regulate factories, we pass standards for vehicles—it is high time that we tax the ranchers and farmers who allow this insidious pollution to ruin our planet.” As she wiped a tear from her eye, she noted, “The image of a baby polar bear floating away on the one remaining ice floe, calling for his mother, while some stupid cow out in the Midwest chews grass and fluffs methane gas all day, is unthinkable.”
When asked whether the proposed plan would place an unfair burden on the farmers and ranchers who feed the nation and increase the price of beef and pork, she suggested that Americans quit eating beef and pork. “Let them eat tofu!” she replied. “If everyone would just try it, in time they would like it. Soybeans are the answer to our problems. Once we tax beef and pork production out of existence, and force the public to resort to healthier foods like tofu, bean sprouts and sea weed—foods that don’t pollute the planet—we will all be healthier and the air will be cleaner.”
“That tax will put the farmers and ranchers out of business,” Hugh protested.
When asked whether the new tax on cattle exhaust was the only option for the producers, AOC offered a compromise:
“They may opt out of the per head tax on livestock by using a new device which we have developed. If the producer does not want to pay the tax, he has the option of purchasing a methane collection unit that employs a one-way rectal valve at the posterior end of the animal. It traps the methane as it is expelled, sealing it in an airtight bag which is then taken to a federally- approved collection point to be disposed of safely. These units may be purchased and installed by the producer, who would be audited by E.P.A. officials to ensure compliance. Of course, installing these collection devices at the posterior portal of each animal, collecting the gas, and trucking it to the federally- approved collection point is labor intensive, but over the long run it may be cheaper than the per head tax of $90 per year.”
But the weirdness did not end there. When asked what further regulations the country may expect after the upcoming election, she outlined the following proposals.
Farm Dust Suppression
- A new federal regulation requiring all farmers to attach dust suppressors on the back of each farm implement to spray the ground with a fine mist when planting or plowing so that air pollution from farm fields is eliminated. “We simply cannot have farmers raising dust each spring and fall,” she commented, “it is time for farmers to clean up their act—farms are such dirty places,” she said, grimacing.
- Another AOC regulation will require farmers to furnish air conditioned 4 by 6 foot chicken condos for each chicken raised on their farm, in order to ensure the comfort of the fowl while they are being raised for slaughter. “It is inhumane for them to be cooped up in little cages. We agree with our friends from PETA that the new condos are the right thing to do.” Asked whether requiring farmers to spend upwards of $100 per chicken for each such condo was cost efficient, she replied: “Of course the cost of chicken to the consumer will rise to $10 per pound, but what price comfort when it comes to these poor little creatures?” she asked.
- A new AOC regulation requiring all auto manufacturers by the year 2028 to submit to the EPA prototype vehicles that can run on fermented algae. “It is time we shut down the coal mines and run our country on alternate renewable energy sources. After extensive studies we have determined that AlgaeMatic vehicles are the wave of the future. They will replace dirty gasoline engines with cleaner burning fermented algae and help clean up our farm ponds as well. We are prepared to commit a billion to development of algae as the next energy source as the Solyndra thing did not work out so well. We are even more confident in this new energy source.”
Outlawing Gravel Roads
- A new federal regulation will prohibit the building of, maintenance of and funding of gravel roads by the year 2028, according to AOC. “Have you ever driven down a country road in flyover country during the summer?” she asked, “You cannot believe the dust that those country bumpkins raise with their pickups. We will require that all such roads either be paved or in the alternative oiled in order to keep the dust down,” she stated adamantly. “Sure they will cost more and there is a small risk that the oil will leach into groundwater, but that is a risk we have to take. If the oil leaches into groundwater we will simply file suit against the state responsible and finance the cleanup in that fashion.”
Polar Bear Checkoff
- Beginning in 2021 each federal and state income tax return will be required to include a check box allowing each taxpayer to contribute to a Polar Bear fund designed to raise money for orphaned polar bears rescued from ice floes at the north pole. “Hey, we owe it to them because, after all, President Obama did not quite reach his goal of stemming the melt of the polar ice caps and we as a greedy society which pollutes the earth and melts the ice caps causing thousands of baby polar bears to die as they float into the ocean on ice floes separated from their mothers, must provide the wherewithal to rescue them and preserve the species,” she noted. “And of course any monies donated to the Polar Bear Checkoff Fund qualify as a tax credit.”
- Commencing in 2021, each citizen of the United States will be required to pay a breath tax of $5 for the privilege of exhaling. “Sure it will be controversial, but something must be done to save the planet. Studies have shown that, next to cattle flatulence, human exhalation contributes more to the pollution of our atmosphere than anything else. We have billions of people on this earth. Each exhales toxic carbon dioxide many times per day. Do the math—we are polluting the air at an alarming rate. As Al Gore said in his recent book, Inconvenient Breath © 2020 Random House: ‘By the year 2028, given the current rate of population growth, the number of human exhalations will increase to the point that there will be insufficient oxygen to support human life and either we will be forced to reduce the amount of humans on the planet or figure out a way to stop breathing.’ This tax will fund critical research on how to develop alternate forms of oxygen intake or in the alternative—humane ways to lower the population of the planet.”
In closing, AOC stressed that “We want to do this right,” she noted. “After all, we are from the government, know what’s best for you and we are here to help.”