Here’s the latest on the climate change battlefront. Guy Page of the Vermont Daily reported last week that “The Vermont chapter of the Sierra Club is standing with the national Sierra Club petition to the Biden administration to regulate dairy farms of 500 or more cows under the Clean Air Act, due to air pollution and climate concerns. If approved, the regulations would affect about 30 Vermont farms, at least to start with.”
“The Sierra Club wants the Biden administration to (among other things) “initiate a rulemaking to implement standards of performance and emission guidelines to reduce methane emissions.”
Guy reported that “A Vermont Sierra Club spokesman confirmed that its state chapter supports the national organization.”
An essay by Sierra Club Deputy Director Bruce Hamilton explains the Sierra Club’s concern with the climate impact of cows, hogs and other agricultural animals. “As the threat of climate disruption becomes increasingly urgent, it makes sense that every source of greenhouse gas emissions should come under scrutiny. Both the reckless burning of fossil fuels and unsustainable agricultural practices are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.”
“The single greatest source of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions is livestock, particularly factory-raised animals. Cattle are responsible for about two-thirds of livestock emissions,” Hamilton says.
So the climate craze has targeted Vermont dairy farms, as if getting rid of their methane emitting cows will make any detectable difference in the planet’s climate, while wrecking Vermont’s dairy industry.