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The Irish Now Defending Their Iconic Cow Herds and Dairy Farms against Climate Cultists

The Irish Now Defending Their Iconic Cow Herds and Dairy Farms against Climate Cultists

The Irish political leaders pushing to cull 200,000 animals may want to ask Dutch officials how their eco-activism against farmers in the Netherlands worked out for their careers.

One of my favorite treats is a warm roll dripping in real butter from Ireland.

Sadly, that may not be an option for me in the near future.  A few months ago, Irish dairy products and the nation’s cow herds became the target of zero-carbon-emission climate cult policies.

Instead of cutting emissions, Ireland has continued increasing them and the biggest contributor is agriculture. Ireland’s 135,000 farms produce 37.5% of national emissions, the highest proportion in the European Union, and most of that comes from methane associated with belching by ruminant animals.

Under a new government plan, agriculture must reduce emissions by 25% by 2030. Other sectors face even higher targets – transport must reduce emissions by 50%, commercial and public buildings by 40% – but the loudest protests have come from farmers.

Cutting emissions by a quarter will drive many farms into bankruptcy and could force the culling of hundreds of thousands of cows, they say. “The mood is hugely frustrated,” said Pat McCormack, head of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association. “It’s very hard to quantify but there will be increased costs and reduced output.”

The push-back is now beginning to intensify. The president of Macra na Feirme, a volunteer organization representing a thriving community of 10,000 young people from rural Ireland, is protesting the proposed culling of 200,000 cows.

A GOVERNMENT report which proposes culling 200,000 Irish dairy cows is the wrong way to meet Ireland’s climate targets, the president of Macra na Feirme, Elaine Houlihan has said.

Ms. Houlihan described the report which contained the proposal, to be implemented over a three year time frame, as a ‘complete kneejerk report’.

“The solution to deliver sustainable results on climate targets for agriculture is emerging from our farmers and food producers based on the best practice as derived from experience, research and science backed by our world class agricultural scientists working on new solutions, that will deliver emissions reduction for the sector and not by unsustainable shortterm strategies like culling.

The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association has warned the culling levels should be voluntary.

Pat McCormack told Newstalk Breakfast that “if there is to be a scheme, it needs to be a voluntary scheme. That’s absolutely critical because there’s no point in culling numbers from an individual who has borrowed on the back of a huge financial commitment on the back of achieving a certain target that’s taken from under him.

Up to 65,000 dairy cows a year could be culled as the Government moves to bring the agriculture sector in line with climate targets, according to a report by the Irish Independent.

An internal Department of Agriculture briefing paper sought to find ways to help the sector “close the gap” on emissions.

But Mr McCormack said farmers should be brought along in any change in strategy and were willing to play their role in the “environmental journey” ahead.

“We should be investing in an infrastructure that can deliver from a scientific perspective. And we know low emissions are better and we should be continuing to invest in further science and research because that’s absolutely critical as we move forward,” he said.

What science? Science is in no way related to the carbon levels proposed nor are assertions about carbon dioxide and methane emissions and their impact on the global climate.

As an example of a fact to counter global-warming fiction, Arctic ice is still so thick this May, a Russian ice-breaker had to take a detour to avoid it:

Why would Russia’s newest icebreaker not sail the Arctic waters for which it was intended? The answer: heavy ice.

Data from the Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute showed a thick layer of sea ice covering Russian Arctic waters in early May. In the Laptev and East Siberian seas, two belts of multi-year ice were considered impassable, even by the vaunted Russian ship named for a 13th century war hero.

Ireland may decide it needs a different type of voluntary effort. Perhaps there will be a voluntary organization of farmers to protest the proposed culling as the pressure to kill their animals and devastate their livelihood on the altar of narrative science continues.

Irish political leaders pushing for this inanity may want to ask Dutch officials how their eco-activism against farmers in the Netherlands worked out for their careers.


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henrybowman | June 3, 2023 at 8:18 pm

“As an example of a fact to counter global-warming fiction, Arctic ice is still so thick this May, a Russian ice-breaker had to take a detour to avoid it:”
But it’s not global warming, it’s climate change!
And you’re confusing weather with climate!
Did I miss any? Oh yeah. You’re a racist!

The EU is banning farms but not private jets.

    randian in reply to MattMusson. | June 4, 2023 at 5:04 am

    They will eventually, the UK has a plan to eliminate commercial airports. Your mobility will be restricted in the name of the planet: no air travel, limited-range electric cars, and mass transit. You will only go where and when the government says you can.

    Paula in reply to MattMusson. | June 4, 2023 at 8:53 am

    It is doubtful the exhaust from a cow is anywhere near the strength of the exhaust of jet otherwise cows would fly.

The Irish vote for woke BS, then they GET woke BS. Top O the mornin!

So the climate cultists now want to slaughter animals. I remember when environmentalists wanted to save the whale, snail darter, and spotted owl. Good times.

Who the hell was counting and collecting cow belches to figure out their CO2 emissions?

Quite simple, if the government ashholes want to cull the cows, the farmers and trucker can cut off shipments of food to the capital. Let them starve, the CO2 emissions will be negative once the hot air is starved.

Cows do not create climate change. There is no science to support this stupid idea.

    nordic prince in reply to geronl. | June 4, 2023 at 11:13 am

    There’s no science to support any of the outlandish claims regarding “climate change.”

    It’s pure hysteria designed ultimately to enslave humanity.

      Eddd888 in reply to nordic prince. | June 4, 2023 at 1:00 pm

      Exactly correct! EVERY prediction of doom over the last 50-60 years has been totally wrong! None have come true. NONE!

E Howard Hunt | June 4, 2023 at 7:45 am

Ireland’s average IQ is seven points lower than England’s. They should eat those cows for the protein.

This sort of policy stupidity is the natural evolution of the ‘climate change’ agenda. Folks got conned into equating conservation, stewardship, environmental protection with ‘climate change’. They voted for the politicians and parties who offered up virtuous sounding goals and now the reality of the policy details come out; ban/restrictions on gas appliances, EV mandates, shut down coal, gas and nuke plants swapping reliable electric generation for intermittent wind and solar, foolish air travel restrictions on short flights and so on.

The stealth ideologues are now embedded into powerful positions so they are finally able to reveal their true aims. I suspect a large number of folks who were conned by the virtue signaling and amorphous language are going to be very opposed to the details as they are revealed.

    Suburban Farm Guy in reply to CommoChief. | June 4, 2023 at 8:56 am

    Very accurate summary. With just a bit of ignorance, blind spots, or mush-headed ‘thinking,’ people’s understandably generous impulses are used and abused to impoverish and eventually imprison them.

    Meanwhile, China quietly puts up two new coal-fired power plants a week — two a week! — but those don’t cause global warming, no…. only free-market ventures, like Irish dairy farms, are evil and must be shut down.

    The hour is getting late. We have passively absorbed a dangerous and quite possibly fatal amount of preposterous socialist BS. Time to expose it and fight back.

      CommoChief in reply to Suburban Farm Guy. | June 4, 2023 at 12:16 pm

      In many ways the ‘climate change’ issue is similar to the topic of Social Security reform. Folks have preconceived notions based on a misunderstanding of what the problem is. As a result the practical solutions are rejected or worse continually delayed.

      With the policy details now becoming clear regarding ‘climate change’ folks who either unthinkingly signed on to the agenda or didn’t pay much attention are dealing with immediate consequences. I suspect the same will be true for Social Security reform. Only when we get to a two or three year time horizon for the looming 25% reduction in benefits then folks who rebuffed reform efforts or didn’t pay attention will suddenly demand the govt ‘do something’. Of course by that point the window for more modest changes will have closed and it will take draconian efforts to resolve.

I’m so dumb, I assumed, if cows make up such a high percentage of Ireland’s carbon emissiuons, it must mean Ireland is not industrialized, and so its overall emissions for its size must be pretty low. Little did I know that Ireland was breeding farting cows in a devil may care manner!

What astounds me is that the country which blames England’s laizze faire attitude for the potato famine is now determined to cut down on its food supply voluntarily.

I have an odd feelinbg that all this food production restraint will hit the third world the hardest. Those anti-Alphabet people who don’t follow the Me Too movement or send representatives to Davos are about to get theirs.

The reasoning to get deep in your life and bar producing meat or rice to eat or go to silly measures to dispose of biological waste and even go completely silly putting “masks on cows,” even tax husbandry to death is based on the false assumption that methane is a by-product of its cultivation and is a “green house gas.” It is not a greenhouse gas.

Methane is an irrelevant greenhouse gas outside of the laboratory and in the atmosphere because it only absorbs and retains Earth’s otherwise escaping long-wave energy to space in two very specific short radiation bands @ 3.3 & 7.5 microns of the much larger electromagnetic spectrum, where that energy in those narrow bands is also absorbed by water vapor. Water vapor is 5000 to 10,000 times as prevalent in the atmosphere as methane and has long since saturated the energy absorption factor in those narrow spectral bands leaving virtually no energy for which methane can compete and certainly not enough to worry about increased levels of methane capturing. Stated another way, the only source for methane capture of energy in the atmosphere has long ago been exhausted by humidity. What it can do in the laboratory (25-84 times more energy absorbent than CO2 depending on what you read) without competing gases absorbing IR radiation, it cannot do in the atmosphere because there is no energy left to capture in those bands in which it can only absorbs energy that might otherwise escape Earth into the void of outer space.

For the reasons stated, fear of methane affecting climate change is scientifically illusory and nonsense. Despite what you have heard and read methane has no discernible effect in the atmosphere on Earth’s temperature or climate.

Read more aggregate of the science involved from these sources (math & charts, if you are interested) —

    Ironclaw in reply to Roguewave1. | June 4, 2023 at 8:16 pm

    See, here’s the problem, you’re speaking sense. That just won’t do, these people don’t do things that makes sense. The reason they won’t vilify water vapor is very simple, even the dumbest person can’t be made to believe that water is poison

I say we make the climate cultists live by Their Own rules. No food, let them starve that should solve the problem

Shame they no longer defend young human life as well as cows

Now, CO2 is the devil. (What we exhale. LOL)

No, Carbon is the devil. (The basic building block of our cellular structure. LOL)

No methane is the devil. (Our farts. LOL)

Nitrogen is the devil. (What, 70% of the atmosphere? When in the soil, it nourishes plants. Ya, an evil thing. Sure. LOL)

Using fertilizer is the devil. (What feed the world? Enhanced farming methods. Otherwise, we would all be our ideal weight. LOL)

Using herbicides and pesticides is the devil. (Again, enhanced farming that feeds the world. But, used by corporate farming, it runs into the waters and kills the soil. So, get rid of it and use natural fertilizer. Natural fertilizer, the best kind, is from ruminents, IOW cows. The things they are trying to destroy because they fart. Let’s not look how they steward the land, oh no, that would be an “offset” to the farts, can’t have that!! So, kill the cows, lose the natural fertilizer, and be able to grow less food. That makes all sorts of sense… not.)

Are you awake yet? They ARE out to kill us. Slowly. So we bury our own.

Ruminants, like cows, convert grass to protein. In the process, it grooms the pastures, keeps the trees trimmed, and enriches the soil for plant life. A perfect circle of life. And they want to disrupt it? ALL of nature will be simply opportunistic chaotic growth — unless you use a LOT of energy to control it. Which is impossible to ‘finish,’ it’s an ongoing battle against the plant life simply taking over all the spaces. So, sure, get rid of cattle.