Wednesday, August 03, 2005

I just can't wait for this fight!

LA Times ran a story yesterday detailing how cows, not cars, are the biggest causes of smog in theSan Joaquin Valley:
Got smog?

California's San Joaquin Valley for some time has had the dirtiest air in the country. Monday, officials said gases from ruminating dairy cows, not exhaust from cars, are the region's biggest single source of a chief smog-forming pollutant.

Every year, the average dairy cow produces 19.3 pounds of gases, called volatile organic compounds, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District said. Those gases react with other pollutants to form ground-level ozone, or smog.

With 2.5 million dairy cows — roughly one of every five in the country — emissions of almost 20 pounds per cow mean that cattle in the San Joaquin Valley produce more organic compounds than are generated by either cars or trucks or pesticides, the air district said. The finding will serve as the basis for strict air-quality regulations on the region's booming dairy industry.
Oh I just can't wait for this fight: Environmentalist Wackos vs. PETA!! Environtmentalists will claim that cows are worse than SUV's and set a few of them on fire. PETA will respond by beating the Wackos up with burlap bags filled with orphaned puppies and kittens! But the big question is who will the Vegan Hippies side with? The whole world wants to know.