They say there is too much methane in the world, and it is a greenhouse gas. This is not to say that people need to stop farting, although that might be a good idea now that there are 7 billion people on the planet. What if we could get at least one major populous species on Earth to stop emitting so much methane? Would it help the global warming alarmists in their quest to cut greenhouse gases? Well, let’s talk about this for a second shall we?
SlashDot had an interesting post on February 16, 2013 titled; “Can You Potty Train Cows” which noted a study and research project that said;
Cattle can defecate 9 to 16 times a day, which creates a hygiene problem on dairy and beef farms. So encouraging the animals to go in the right place would be a great help in managing manure. But previous techniques – including training cows to respond to mild electric shocks – have proven ineffective or impractical for widespread use. Another trick was to put a foot bath that sprayed water and air on their feet if they went to the bathroom in a certain place.”
Okay, this is an interesting strategy, which could mean a potential way to trap methane, just cover the area, and have a central vacuum system that sucks and filters air, draining the methane itself. Methane is also a greenhouse gas, like CO2, and the global warming alarmists and anti-meat activists have told us this is a problem. The two largest terrestrial producers of methane are cattle and termites.
All we really need to do with the cattle would be to get them to go to this covered area to do business and collect methane. We can then use that methane to drive a turbine to generate electricity, or collect it for future fuel for propulsion. In fact, there are private space companies working on methane-fueled rocket boosters, and if we were to collect it, we could sell it to them. Why not reuse, recycle and repurpose all that methane into something good instead of letting it go into the atmosphere and be released as a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change?
This is not a difficult task, and it does not take a rocket scientist or engineer to figure out how to do this. I am sure some farmer will come up with the strategy similar to what I have stated here and they will start collecting methane and putting it to good use. And why not, it is already paid for by the energy of the cow’s biological conversion system, and the energy packed into the food they eat. Why not start the whole bacterial process and then use it again? Please consider all this and think about it.