Archive for November, 2008

Letter to Mr. David A. Ridenour

November 27, 2008

Mr. David A. Ridenour
I am deeply concerned about the fate of this country, I can not help but remember the words of Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev when he made the statement “ We will take the United States and never fire a shot. “
These words were burned into my mind, but I did not know why. This was in the 1960’s, I then began watching the Environmental Groups in the 1970’s and have watched them pretty close ever since. I have watched how they have grown and what they have grown into.
If one follows their beginning to now it would make one think, “ Is this what was mint by those words spoken many years ago by “ Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev “

The thing that makes me wonder is this.
All the Environmental Groups are all well funded, well organized, and all are against everything this country stands for, or should I say stood for, and against everything that made this country great. They have pulled the wool over many Americans eyes.
They have put people in very key positions throughout this Country, Collages, Lawyers, Senators, Congressmen, Judges, and now perhaps even President.
We are or may have already lost our Country, to these people, and all I can say is how do we fight it, how can we beat these people and save the United States of America, when so many are misinformed and divided. Why can’t WE THE PEOPLE of this great America see what they are doing to us. And stand up and say to them “ NO MORE, WE ARE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK! “
Thank You
Jerry Fennell

WHAT NOW-A COW TAX- THIS IS B.S.

November 23, 2008

11/14/2008 Contact: Ken Hamilton, Executive Vice President, 307-721-7712, khamilton@wyfb.org

Cow tax proposal would threaten agriculture viability

“With the economy in bad shape and the possibility of a deep recession looming, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to levy new taxes—on cows and pigs,” American Farm Bureau Federation Director of Regulatory Relations Rick Krause told Wyoming Farm Bureau members at their annual meeting.  Krause spoke in Sheridan on Nov. 7.

“This is no laughing matter,” Krause said.  “The cow tax and the pig tax are parts of a larger scheme by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.”

“Under the proposal, if a state charged the “presumptive minimum rate” from the EPA, the cow tax would be $175 per dairy cow, $87.50 per head for beef cattle and a little more than $20 per pig,” Krause explained.

Krause explained that the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that a producer with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs would emit more than 100 tons of carbon and be subject to the permitting requirements.  “These thresholds would impact 99 percent of dairy producers, over 90 percent of beef producers and 95 percent of hog producers in the United States,” Krause stated.

According to Krause, the EPA has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in preparation to regulate automobile greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act (CAA).  “The regulation of automobile emissions automatically initiates other provisions of the CAA,” Krause explained.  “One of those provisions requires permits from anyone who emits more than 100 tons of a regulated pollutant per year and there are millions of sources that emit more than 100 tons of carbon.”

The Title V permits, that are essentially a cow and pig tax, are supposed to contain provisions designed to reduce or eliminate the emissions of the regulated pollutant.  “Cows and pigs methane emissions come from natural and biological processes,” Krause stated.

“The economic costs to producers from the cow and pig tax would be great and could cause the cost of beef, pork and dairy prices to rise,” Krause continued.  “The cow and pig tax would impose severe penalties on livestock producers in the United States without effectively reducing greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere.”

The comment deadline for the cow and pig tax is Nov. 28.  Visit www.wyfb.org to find the link for information.

In other national issues, Krause addressed endangered species issues, including the wolf.

“I remember back in 1993 we were talking about how they will continue to change the numbers of wolves required,” Krause said.  “Unfortunately, our assumption was accurate and even though there are five times more packs than needed for recovery, it has come down to a federal judge in Montana.”

“They are arguing there is no genetic exchange,” He said.  “Well, the whole reason in the first place they were introduced is because they could not get here on their own.  How are you going to have genetic interchange?”

“So what are we going to expect from the Endangered Species Act in the next four years?” Krause asked.  “While only time will tell, we can expect no amendments to the ESA as those who are opposed to common sense management will work to keep it as is.”

The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general agriculture organization.  Members work together from the grassroots to develop agricultural policy, programs and services to enhance the rural lifestyle of Wyoming.

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