John Thune doesn’t want us regulating cow farts; is he o.k. With capitalizing on bovine emissions?
Factory dairy operator Riley Boadwine of Baltic isn’t strapping gas collectors to his moo-moos yet, but he is boiling their poop to stew out fartage for sale as fuel:
No these are not spaceships; they are the new methane digesters at Boadwine Farms near Baltic. It’s taking the manure from these cows and turning it into renewable natural gas.
Once the methane is captured, it will be cleaned and sent into a pipeline to Baltic, where it is distributed as natural gas for a variety of uses [Ariana Schumacher, “Local Dairy Farm Becomes More Sustainable with Methane Digesters,” KELO-TV, 2022.08.08].
If we can capture, commodify, and commercialize that cow gas, we can tax it. Don’t tell Senator Thune!