30 Apr '18, 4am

Cattle grazing is a climate disaster, and you’re paying for it https://t.co/3Vfruag8QK

Cattle grazing is a climate disaster, and you’re paying for it https://t.co/3Vfruag8QK

The rules governing cattle grazing on federal lands are so obscure that your average climate change correspondent hasn’t given much thought to them. But now that a gang of pathetic losers with guns has occupied a federal wildlife sanctuary in Oregon to gripe about the federal government’s audacity to set rules for how ranchers use publicly owned land, it’s worth taking a look at this policy. As it turns out, ranchers using federal land, like the Bundy family that is leading the occupation and the Hammond family in whose name they took up arms, are recipients of massive federal subsidies for activities that exacerbate climate change and damage sensitive ecosystems. It’s time the taxpayers stopped indulging these whiny welfare queens and kicked them off the dole. Why this land matters to the climate Grasslands are, like trees, essential carbon sinks. Shrubs and grasses breat...

Full article: https://grist.org/climate-energy/cattle-grazing-is-a-clim...

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