A group of U.S. Senators is questioning the Obama Administration’s plan to reduce methane emissions from cattle.
They say the methane reduction strategy released in March could cost medium-sized dairy farms upwards of 22-thousand dollars a year.
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is among those expressing concern.
“Iowans I talk to remain very skeptical about the concept of regulating greenhouse gases, until it is done through global treaty,” Grassley says, “and it’s especially difficult to do this on farms.”
The administration maintains that agriculture’s role in methane reduction will be voluntary, but Grassley isn’t convinced.
“It’s hard to forget, only a couple years ago, this administration was trying to push cap-and-trade through Congress. It seems only right to be suspicious about the administration’s intentions.”
The administration’s goal is to reduce methane emissions from agriculture by 25 percent by 2020.