All in the name of studying 'global warming.'
That study of cow 'emissions' is not to be confused with this study of cow flatulence or this study of how you could cut cow flatulence (and burping) with garlic (I can hardly imagine what the milk tasted like). How many times are our tax dollars going to be spent to study this subject?
I'm tempted to submit a grant proposal to the National Science Foundation for a nice trip to Malibu to study California cow flatulence. Oh, wait. Too late! It has already been studied. Turns out California is #1! No wonder they want to ban "happy meals."