The Toronto Star reports from Copenhagen:
U.S. cuts deal with dairy farmers to lower methane gas emission
December 16, 2009 COPENHAGEN – The United States is counting on cows to help save the planet.
U.S. Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an agreement with the American dairy industry Tuesday to reduce the industry's greenhouse gas emissions 25 per cent by 2020, mostly by convincing farmers to capture the methane from cow manure that otherwise would be released into the atmosphere. The plan requires more farmers to buy an anaerobic digester, which essentially converts cow manure into electricity.
"This historic agreement, the first of its kind, will help us achieve the ambitious goal of drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions while benefiting farmers," Vilsack said at the U.N. climate talks. "(The) use of manure technology is a win for everyone."
Leave it to a government official to spread the sh_t around and make it smell like roses . . . .