From "This Week Magazine" e-Newsletter

For the public good, I will refrain from commenting on the current preponderance of effluvia in the media...

"Only in America—Newsletter Exclusive!A California air-quality agency is blaming cows for the San Joaquin Valley’s terrible smog problem. The flatulence and burping of the valley’s 2.5 million cows produce 50 million pounds of organic compounds annually, officials say, far more pollution than is produced by cars. Dairy farmers will now be required to install pollution-control technology, and may even have to alter the cows’ diets to minimize their production of gas. 'We are talking about a public health crisis,' said an attorney for a local advocacy group. 'It’s not funny to joke about cow burps and farts when one in six children in Fresno is carrying an inhaler.'”
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