Greenhouse Gas emissions: Moooove Over
Can changing our cows’ diet really lower greenhouse gas emissions? What would it hurt? Wouldn’t that be a better way to deal with greenhouse gas emissions than creating a carbon tax? Watch this video, courtesy of The National on CBC News, and tell me what you think.
It has been a well-known fact for years that cows produce methane gas from both ends. It is also a fact that methane gas is responsible for a large chunk of these gas emissions. Cows and their methane gas are contributing to greenhouse gas emissions around the world.
Granted, carbon dioxide from our cars and our industries is another undeniable source of greenhouse gases. Research, however, shows that Canada is not anywhere near the biggest culprit. Especially in the industrial sector.
Although gas emissions are much lower in Canada than many other countries, we do have our share of beef. In fact, we probably have more cows than cars in Canada. So why is our current Canadian government gouging its citizens with a carbon tax? That’s another beef, pun intended. Perhaps the major contributors around the world should be more concerned about their share of greenhouse gas emissions. Canada’s government should be less concerned about how we appear to the world since we are not the problem. Solutions to decrease the gas emissions from cows, cars, and industries that pollute should be a priority. Then maybe the citizens of the non-complying countries should be hit with a carbon tax. What a concept!
I call a carbon tax to reduce greenhouse gas emissions a band-aid fix, not a proactive solution. I believe in fixing the root or cause of the problem instead of creating a diversion from it. Instead of covering up the root with a carbon tax, why not help fix the problem at one of the main sources? In other words, rather than apply a band-aid on a bleeding limb, first fix the bleed. A band-aid is only effective at helping the victim emotionally. In this case, our Liberal government likes to make everyone, especially the rest of the world, feel that Canada is doing the right thing. A bigger band-aid will be soon be required if the bleed is not first fixed at the source.
Let’s start feeding our Canadian cows seaweed to see if they produce less methane. Less methane will mean lowering our greenhouse gas emissions.
And, while we are at it, scrap the carbon tax, it solves nothing!