Annual emissions from Keystone pipeline would be one-tenth of what’s produced by … cow farts

posted at 7:31 pm on May 5, 2014 by Allahpundit

I was torn between posting this animal-themed instant classic from WaPo and the news today about scientists reverse-engineering aging in mice by using young blood. But then I remembered an ironclad rule of blogging: When in doubt, go with the news story that involves farting. Besides, we cover stuff about elderly vampirism of the young all the time. Given the “creative” uses to which infant tissue is already put, it’s too depressing to spitball where a “young blood” industry might lead.

So let’s stick with cow farts. I’m not even going to quote from WaPo’s story. Just eyeball this graph they made to grasp how high the stakes are environmentally in killing off a few thousand jobs to protect the tar sands.

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Keystone’s share of the pie is roughly 10 percent of what America’s cows toot into the atmosphere per annum. Maybe Senate Democrats will see the chart, think about that for four seconds, and reconsider their opposition to the pipeline, yes?

Nope. Breaking late today from CNN is news that they’re all set to kill John Hoeven’s bill approving the pipeline. And in classic weaselly fashion, they’re going to make sure they fall just short: They’ve got 11 vulnerable Democrats set to vote yes, including Landrieu and Pryor, but just enough of the rest have peeled off to guarantee the bill’s failure. It’s theater, bought and paid for by environmental lobbyists who feel it’s crucial to send a message about emissions by blocking an energy project that’ll barely increase America’s carbon footprint:

Senators like Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Begich of Alaska, John Walsh of Montana, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, could tell voters they fought hard for one of the energy industry’s top priorities and the accompanying jobs that would go with it.

The Keystone proposal, written by Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota and Landrieu, has 56 co-sponsors – 45 Republicans and 11 Democrats. That is still four short of the 60 votes it would need to pass…

Those votes would likely have to come from six other Democrats who just over a year ago backed a non-binding measure that expressed support for the project.

Of that group, Senators Bill Nelson of Florida, Chris Coons of Delaware, and Tim Johnson of South Dakota, citing different reasons, now say they will vote against the current legislation, making it unlikely it would reach the 60-vote threshold.

Exit question: When do we ban cows?


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A lot of bull

Kraken on May 5, 2014 at 7:33 PM

When in doubt, go with the news story that involves farting.

Flatulence is always a bad joke.

Exit question: When do we ban cows?

Never, I need steak man. Strap Bessy up with a methane extractor!

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Fcuking azzhole dems…

OmahaConservative on May 5, 2014 at 7:39 PM

I remember a few years ago that some biologist did a comparative analysis of all the animals on the planet to see which ones produce the most CO2.

Cows came in about third or fourth.

Termites took the top prize and I think another variety of ant came in next. Then cows. Humans were pretty far down the list.

And Mt. Pinatubo put out more in a few days than all of humankind does in a year or so. And all that ash in the air made the planet cooler for the next two years. Seems ash is more effective at cooling than CO2 is at warming.

ajacksonian on May 5, 2014 at 7:40 PM

 Strap Bessy up with a methane extractor!

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 7:35 PM

I don’t think extraction is the problem. It’s the collection…

Kraken on May 5, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Cow Farts: The Next Alternative Fuel?

Surely you’d think this story is from The Onion, but no–some people really think we need to equip cows with gas-collecting backpacks, which we’d use in turn to power cars and such:

Researchers put plastic backpacks on cows, then inserted tubes into their rumens (their biggest digestive tract). They extracted the methane–about 300 liters a day. That’s enough to run a car, or a fridge for 24 hours.

Powerline

Wethal on May 5, 2014 at 7:41 PM

I don’t think extraction is the problem. It’s the collection…

Kraken on May 5, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Foiled again.

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 7:42 PM

All part of the Fascist-Democrats war on the American worker.

rbj on May 5, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Need to kill all the cows

The Notorious G.O.P on May 5, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Exit question: When do we ban cows?

Well, Subway is removing all pork products from 185 of their stores over in the UK. Give it a few years. Between the enviro feaks, many vegans, and the reason it’s being removed in the UK, the more important question would be: When does the government start banning bacon?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2616576/Subway-removes-ham-pork-nearly-200-stores-strong-demand-Muslims-eat-Halal-meat.html

CTSherman on May 5, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Foiled again.

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 7:42 PM

What can I say? I’m a “big picture” titan…

Kraken on May 5, 2014 at 7:46 PM

What can I say? I’m a “big picture” titan…

Kraken on May 5, 2014 at 7:46 PM

I need a rib eye.

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM

I’m reminded of the saying “First they came for the….”. My wife and I raise a little over 120 head right now. It’s our hobby/retirement one day in the future.

Leave my cows alone!

moo on May 5, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Exit question: When do we ban cows?

Today that’s a joke…tomorrow, reality.

AUINSC on May 5, 2014 at 7:55 PM

I was torn between posting this animal-themed instant classic from WaPo and the news today about scientists reverse-engineering aging in mice by using young blood. But then I remembered an ironclad rule of blogging: When in doubt, go with the news story that involves farting.

Allahpundit on May 5, 2014 at 7:31 PM

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Wise decision . . . : )

listens2glenn on May 5, 2014 at 7:56 PM

I need a rib eye.

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM

I’ll throw a couple of heifers on the barbie. Rare, I hope?

Kraken on May 5, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Leave my cows alone!

moo on May 5, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Just don’t let them graze on BLM land without a permit, or you may find them in a hole… and not on my plate.

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 7:57 PM

I’ll throw a couple of heifers on the barbie. Rare, I hope?

Kraken on May 5, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Rare is good. Bloody works.

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 7:58 PM

All part of the Fascist-Democrats war on the American worker.

rbj on May 5, 2014 at 7:43 PM

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More to the point.

listens2glenn on May 5, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Need to kill all the cows

The Notorious G.O.P on May 5, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Steaks for everyone!

Bigfoot on May 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM

I don’t think chasing flatulent cows around is a very efficient way to fuel a automobile.

Bmore on May 5, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Any studies out yet on the amount of pollution caused by White House Benghazi talking points?

de rigueur on May 5, 2014 at 8:01 PM

This was never about the environment. Like with all corruption, follow the money …

This is a sideshow that benefits Warren Buffett, a man with a net worth of 44 billion dollars who (of course) is a large Obama and Dem supporter.

Among the groups leading the charge against the pipeline is “Bold Nebraska” — a campaign funded to a great extent by Dick Holland, an old Buffett friend and associate, and (of course) another big Dem contributor.

ShainS on May 5, 2014 at 8:02 PM

I don’t think chasing flatulent cows around is a very efficient way to fuel a automobile.

Bmore on May 5, 2014 at 8:01 PM

pigs will be next, with their wonderful bacon.

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 8:02 PM

This hurts Mary Landrieu too. She touts how much seniority and influence she has, which is apparently none.

Kermit on May 5, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Joni Ernst. Another cool campaign ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3mG9fNOZp4&feature=youtu.be

davidk on May 5, 2014 at 8:07 PM

I don’t think chasing flatulent cows around is a very efficient way to fuel a automobile.

Bmore on May 5, 2014 at 8:01 PM

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pigs will be next, with their wonderful bacon.

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 8:02 PM

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Someone is already after the pigs, with this damn “porcine-diarrhea” epidemic, that killing way too many young piglets.

Prices of pork products are already, and will continue to be going up.

listens2glenn on May 5, 2014 at 8:08 PM

CTSherman on May 5, 2014 at 7:58 PM

I love the responses.

KCB on May 5, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Obama Doctrine: Unicorn Farts

faraway on May 5, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Serious question: We’re paying some government employee to calculate these things?

Lance Corvette on May 5, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Serious question: We’re paying some government employee to calculate these things?

Lance Corvette on May 5, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Welcome to the Obama Administration. Where the real hotair is Obama’s flatulence of the mouth, and bypasses the people, for an all out war on cows, methane, drilling, underground pipes, and common day american workers.

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Serious question: We’re paying some government employee to calculate these things?

Lance Corvette on May 5, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Look on the bright side: such make-work is the least of the enormous damage for which we pay the EPA …

ShainS on May 5, 2014 at 8:18 PM

But then I remembered an ironclad rule of blogging: When in doubt, go with the news story that involves farting.

Let’s rename it FOTD instead of QOTD :O

burrata on May 5, 2014 at 8:19 PM

KCB on May 5, 2014 at 8:09 PM

I was heartened to read them myself:)

I don’t know how twitter works but all of those comments are 3 or 4 hours old. Did they lock up comments or am I missing out by not being on twitter?

CTSherman on May 5, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Serious question: We’re paying some government employee to calculate these things?

Lance Corvette on May 5, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Serious answer: Yes. And we pay government thugs to hold the threat of harm over your head to force you to give them money to pay the government employee who calculates these things.

Oldnuke on May 5, 2014 at 8:21 PM

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Salmon running up that way yet?

CTSherman on May 5, 2014 at 8:23 PM

CTSherman on May 5, 2014 at 7:58 PM

I don’t tweet, so I don’t know either.

KCB on May 5, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Exit question: When do we ban cows?

White House Looks To Regulate Cow Flatulence As Part Of Climate Change Agenda

What this new EPA regulation will do is force dairy farmers to reduce herd size, which will drive up the cost of dairy products.

Feds Own 1 Out Of Every 2 Acres Of The West

Ask Cliven Bundy and other ranchers who’ve been run out of business on every pretext imaginable when the Federal government will ban cows.

thatsafactjack on May 5, 2014 at 8:25 PM

How in the hell did we let CO2 be commonly referred to as a pollutant? Freaking mind boggling.

KCB on May 5, 2014 at 8:25 PM

the pipe emits nothing

J.B. Say on May 5, 2014 at 8:27 PM

How in the hell did we let CO2 be commonly referred to as a pollutant? Freaking mind boggling.

KCB on May 5, 2014 at 8:25 PM

As a carbon based life form I resent that.

crankyoldlady on May 5, 2014 at 8:30 PM

But then I remembered an ironclad rule of blogging: When in doubt, go with the news story that involves farting.

Well, that certainly explains The Huffington Post – even the name sounds like a f@rt.

As for how to ban cows, start with not voting for Killary. FIFY, me thinks.

Chuck Ef on May 5, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Salmon running up that way yet?

CTSherman on May 5, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Couple more weeks it should be.

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 8:38 PM

How in the hell did we let CO2 be commonly referred to as a pollutant? Freaking mind boggling.

KCB on May 5, 2014 at 8:25 PM

I’m surprised they haven’t yet demonized/done the same thing to O2

ShainS on May 5, 2014 at 8:41 PM

One tenth of cow farts or a third of democrat brain farts. Sheila Jackson Lee alone has to pay carbon credits.

TinFin on May 5, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Methane from cows comes almost entirely from burping.

Sheesh.

Pythagoras on May 5, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Exit question: When do we ban cows?

When we become accustomed to the peculiar taste of Soylent Green.

rukiddingme on May 5, 2014 at 8:48 PM

The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development voted in a special session April 28 to adopt changes that make all farm livestock operations, no matter how small, subject to the rules–and creates a category of land where no animals will be in compliance.

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/04/holda_change_in_rules_for_mich.html

davidk on May 5, 2014 at 9:02 PM

We don’t. And we begin aquaculture of seals. Their farts are funnier anyway.

WryTrvllr on May 5, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Let’s rename it FOTD instead of QOTD :O

burrata on May 5, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Pull my udder.

HonestLib on May 5, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Annual emissions from Keystone pipeline would be one-tenth of what’s produced by … cow farts

…1/2 of what’s produced by those who fart in congress!

KOOLAID2 on May 5, 2014 at 9:31 PM

I don’t think chasing flatulent cows around is a very efficient way to fuel a automobile.

Bmore on May 5, 2014 at 8:01 PM

You ain’t no RedNeck. You don’t chase cows. They know your pickup and mosey over for some food when you drive up and stop. Things this city boy has to teach!

HonestLib on May 5, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Look at the latest stunt that Podesta is touting:
http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/05/podesta-congress-cant-stop-obama-on-global-warming/

onlineanalyst on May 5, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Point of fact is that free range cattle are carbon neutral, farts and all. The grasses they eat absorb carbon from the air and this carbon makes up their farts and steaks. That is probably why the BLM and Forest Service are so against cattle: they hate recycling which is not done under government regulation..

Laurence on May 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

COW FARTS 2016!!!

I’d vote for a bag of them over any of the losers that want the gop nomination at this point.

PappyD61 on May 5, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Mixed message? Kill a cow for Christ.
C2H4 couples wonderfully with sunlight. But it is so RARE (the thought of rare is distracting) a gas species in the atmosphere. Only a moron wrapped in statistics could make this an issue.
You want to tone down atmospheric behavior … eliminate H2O.
Yea, that’s the ticket … ban Dihydrogen Oxide. It’s a KILLER!

Missilengr on May 6, 2014 at 2:27 AM

Exit question: When do we ban cows?

FINALLY! We’ve gotten into the bowels of the issue. The problem is not just Man, not just his blood-thirst for his fellow creatures. The problem is Kingdom Animalia.

Long live Plantea!

*CHLORO-FRONT REPRESENT*

moo on May 5, 2014 at 7:55 PM

^ Well, this is a little awkward.

Axe on May 6, 2014 at 5:07 AM

When will they ever learn?

Cows belch. They don’t fart much. Don’t even know which enc of the cow the methane comes from.

borntofarm on May 6, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Can we compare it to Al Gore farts? or better yet all “global warming” alarmists? And, while we are at it, Al Gore’s farts against all alarmist together? I am pretty sure they will beat all cows and our friend, Al, will beat them.

ktrelski on May 6, 2014 at 7:56 AM

I don’t want to get picky here, but cows fart methane, not CO2.

The exhale CO2 just like the rest of us.

The upside is, we get milk from their glands… You know… the stuff that provides calcium for growing bones.

That fact, all by itself, is more than enough to offset their carbon footprint.

Frank

franksalterego on May 6, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Is it possible to put cow farts into cans? If so, brown energy can compete with green.

But even green energy is betraying us. All those wonderful plants that give us oxygen by day betray us at night by soiling the earth with co2 emissions. Obviously we can’t destroy all vegetation but the liberal solution is simple and ingenuous–outlaw night!!!

MaiDee on May 6, 2014 at 9:58 AM

We are headed into situation where the individual desires of several different leftist groups are going to intersect. As conservatives, we need to make sure that intersection becomes a head on collision for the Democrats.

-Environmentalists don’t like carbon or cow farts or cow herds that might damage some protected bug.

-Animal Rights Activists don’t like the slaughter of cows.

-Bureaucrats want control of the land, especially western grazing lands.

-Bureaucrats also want to control our health and are therefore anti-red meat.

-Progressives don’t like private control of anything.

-The Federal Gov’t wants centralization.

My point is that the next set of battles are likely going to take the land/energy/environment war and expand it into the realm of the food/health war. Conservatives need a strategy to fight back.

Here’s some food for thought:
1. All of the above are anti-worker.
2. We need to expand on the gov’t is a bad manager meme (think California water mess or forest fire fiascos).
3. Need to fight the junk science with good science (red meat is good after all, climate models are all wrong, etc).
4. Point out Liberal collusion with solar/wind
5. Be quick to accuse the food police of wanting to take away our hamburgers and ‘necessarily-bankrupt’ all fast food.

strickler on May 6, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Exit question: When do we ban cows?

When influential Muslims turn vegan?

BL@KBIRD on May 6, 2014 at 10:32 AM

So in the 1700′s there were between 30 million and 60 million bison on the great plains… and today we have about 39 million cattle.

Appears we are below our CO2 quota.

And what about the prairie fires that dumped CO2..

we are way out of balance.. either add cows or burn the fields

GldnStateTxPyr on May 6, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Exit question: When do we ban cows?

They’re already banned in Nevada…

Steve Z on May 6, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Even that thin line in the WaPo pie chart may be over-estimating the net carbon footprint of the Keystone XL Pipeline. As long as the pipeline isn’t built, the oil is transported from Canada to the US by railcars, pulled by diesel-burning locomotives.

The net carbon footprint of the pipeline is the energy used for pumping the oil minus the energy currently burned by the locomotives. The net carbon footprint of the pipeline may actually be negative.

Steve Z on May 6, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Our cattle herd nationally is at its lowest since 1954.

Murphy9 on May 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM

give PETA and the UN a bit more time on the banning cows thing-they’re waiting for Obama to be a bit more flexible

dgolfnut on May 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

It’s BOVINE BELCHING and TERMITE FARTING.

They don’t look much alike either.

OCULUS on May 6, 2014 at 2:06 PM

SPEAKING of ‘Cow F@RTS’….has anyone definitively identified the location of either Hillary Clinton or Obama on 9/11/12?

(Perhaps ‘someone’ should start the rumor that Obama and Hillary were engaged in an illicit affair and had given orders not to be disturbed….Nah, wouldn’t work — everyone knows Hillary likes women and Obama….likes communist / socialists….and Oprah.

easyt65 on May 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

All the Greenies don’t want the pipeline cause it’s bad for the environment, but…

the oil is still going to come south of the border. It’s just going to come by truck and train.

Gee, what about the carbon emissions?

And did you see the story about the train derailment in Virginia last week? Hauling oil. Went into a river. Carbon emissions AND water pollution.

And a day or so after that derailment, there was another in Maryland. No HAZMAT problem, but could have been.

Gee, I have a feeling that would NEVER happen with a pipeline.

What stupid people!

NavyMustang on May 6, 2014 at 5:10 PM