Here’s a fun little tidbit from good old Californey, where the inhabitants continue to prove that state to be too small for a nation but too large for an insane asylum; now the Golden State proposes to regulate cow farts.
Yes, really. Excerpt:
The nation’s leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock.
Despite strong opposition from farmers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that for the first time regulates heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills.
Cattle and other farm animals are major sources of methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. Methane is released when they belch, pass gas and make manure.
“If we can reduce emissions of methane, we can really help to slow global warming,” said Ryan McCarthy, a science adviser for the California Air Resources Board, which is drawing up rules to implement the new law.
Livestock are responsible for 14.5 percent of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, with beef and dairy production accounting for the bulk of it, according to a 2013 United Nations report.
Now, this is going to put a lot of marginal family farms out of business, but in all candor I’m not too worried about that in general; the family farm is a dying business model in any case. I come from a long line of farmers, but it irritates me to see the “family farm” held up as though it was some kind of holy calling; it’s just a business, and big corporate farms produce a wide range of crops at lower prices than family farms.
Dairy farms, however, are an exception; there are plenty of small dairy farms that are making a pretty good go of it. The lunatics in charge of the California asylum will shut some of them down and drive others away, and all to attenuate an emission that probably doesn’t measure up to the flatulence of the millions of bison that once roamed the Great Plains while causing no noticeable environmental catastrophe.
In the wake of The Donald’s electoral victory, some sore losers in California are making noises about seceding. Really, True Believers – would you miss them?