Tuesday, October 25, 2016

EPA Report: Agriculture and livestock only minor sources of greenhouse gases.

According to an U.S. EPA report released this year – "Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2014" – claims that livestock (specifically, cattle) are the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and putative global warming are bunk.

The EPA states that 84% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.A. were produced by the energy sector, and 76% by fossil fuel combustion.

According to Table 2-3 and figure 2-10, only 8.3% of GHG emissions came from agriculture activities, and only 2.4% by enteric fermentation or “cow burps.”  The total energy sector contribution was 10 times that of all agriculture. 

The GHG contribution of livestock was about the same as the emissions from waste disposal and processing including landfills, wastewater treatment, and composting.

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