Here's a story that's too good to make up: At the climate talks in Copenhagen, U.S. Ag Secretary said cows can help reduce the nation's carbon imprint. It's quite a-moo-sing (sorry, couldn't help it.)

The United States is counting on cows to help reduce its carbon footprint.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a plan Tuesday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the dairy industry 25 percent by 2020, mostly by convincing farmers to capture the methane from cow manure that otherwise would be released into the atmosphere.

Agriculture accounts for about 7 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

A big part of the plan includes convince more farmers to purchase anaerobic digesters that essentially convert cow manure into electricity. The problem is that until now only 2 percent of dairy farmers who are good candidates for the technology are using it.



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