Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Moooooooooore on smog

Why so many o's? Well a new report indicates that the major cause of smog in California is coal burning power plants! No? Well how about BIG OIL, yes BIG OIL makes a lot of smog! No? Arnold of course! No!? I give up, something absurd like cows or something...

Got smog?

California's San Joaquin Valley for some time has had the dirtiest air in the country. Monday, officials said gases from ruminating dairy cows, not exhaust from cars, are the region's biggest single source of a chief smog-forming pollutant.

Every year, the average dairy cow produces 19.3 pounds of gases, called volatile organic compounds, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District said. Those gases react with other pollutants to form ground-level ozone, or smog.

With 2.5 million dairy cows — roughly one of every five in the country — emissions of almost 20 pounds per cow mean that cattle in the San Joaquin Valley produce more organic compounds than are generated by either cars or trucks or pesticides, the air district said. The finding will serve as the basis for strict air-quality regulations on the region's booming dairy industry.

Of course, all peace loving hippies are veagans anyways so they aren't to blame of course. I find it quite funny that for all these years, smog has been caused by pollution and big business and oil and Eeeeeevil Republicans, now foiled by an actual scientific study.

Oh well, guess if a lie is repeated enough...
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