Is California ‘full of it?’ Those in California who believe in global warming think the cows in the dairy industry are making the state gaseous.
Who knows better how to control ‘hot air’ than California Gov. Jerry Brown?
Brown, despite major opposition from dairy farmers, signed legislation in September that will regulate heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills.
Apparently, Brown has no faith in a Higher Source to naturally regulate the methane emitted from cows into our atmosphere, a practice which has taken place since the beginning of time. Methane comes from belching, passing gas and producing manure.
Those on the left who are into global warming and climate change believe greenhouse gas is many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. At least for now, you can be thankful you’re not a cow and only produce carbon dioxide.
“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.
Beef and dairy production account for the bulk of 14.5 percent of human-induced greenhouse emissions. So does that mean if we stop eating beef and reduce our dairy milk that we can assist California in its quest to be the climate change capital of the nation? Can anyone say ‘food control, agenda 21 and agenda 2030?’
Don’t hold your breath for any common sense to result or wait, maybe you should hold your breath so California won’t try to charge you for it.
California initially passed its sweeping global warming law in 2006. It has reduced carbon emissions from cars, homes and factories since then.
The goal set for the new law is to reduce emissions to 40 percent below 2013 levels by 2030. Regulations are set to take effect in 2024.
As one would reasonably expect, the new rules will drive up costs for consumers and those in the agricultural industry. It will also possibly cause dairy farmers and others to move out of state to avoid the ‘penalties.’
“It just makes it more challenging. We’re continuing to lose dairies. Dairies are moving out of state to places where these costs don’t exist,” said Paul Sousa, director of environmental services for Western United Dairymen.
“We think it’s very foolish for the state of California to be taking this position,” said Rob Vandenheuvel, general manager for the Milk Producers Council. “A single state like California is not going to make a meaningful impact on the climate.”
California government, always ready to throw taxpayers’ money around for the latest plan, believe that it’s a win, win.
“There’s a real opportunity here to get very significant emissions reductions at fairly low cost, and actually in a way that can bring economic benefits to farmers,” McCarthy said.
So, the next time someone asks you if California is ‘full of it,” you’ll know exactly what to say.
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