When thinking about life, its challenges, and where it often leads us, a couple allegories come to mind. Remember the movie Forrest Gump? There is a famous scene in the movie when Forrest is sitting on a bench waiting for a bus, holding a box of chocolates. He turns to a fellow bus passenger who is also waiting and says, “My Mama said, life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” How true. Life may be going good and easy, much like a chocolate covered piece of candy that is soft and easy to chew. It tastes good and is easy to swallow.
The White House and the EPA recently announced efforts to regulate (meaning taxation) methane gases and the sources of those gases. One of the main targets of their efforts is the dairy industry. It comes despite falling methane emissions across the economy since 1990 (reference EPA tracking of emissions). Their target is to reduce methane emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Why the dairy industry? Some of the methane emissions (about 9 percent) come from cow flatulence and belching. Yes, that’s right.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Rubicon as: a bounding or limiting line; especially one that when crossed commits a person irrevocably. The term originated when Julius Caesar crossed the river Rubicon in northern Italy in 49 B.C. and it was considered an act of war while marching his way to Rome. Since then, it has commonly been used as defining a “point of no return.” I often think about our federal and state governments as having crossed the Rubicon.