Senate Bill Aims To Prevent 'Cow Tax' On Emissions

Law360, New York (March 6, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- U.S. Sens. John Thune, D-S.D., and Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced a bill Thursday that would prevent the government from imposing a “cow tax” on American farmers to regulate emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas produced by livestock.

The bill addresses a 2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to exact fees for greenhouse gas emissions from a variety of sources, including cattle farms and dairy ranches, although the EPA has said it “is not proposing a cow tax.”

The EPA solicited public comments on fines for...
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