By last count, the state of California was $21 billion in the hole. So, what do they do as a response? Increase regulations and make it more difficult for businesses in their state to turn a profit.
In that environment, California has now taken to the idiocy of regulating cow farts. You can’t make this stuff up. Cow farts.
State regulators want farmers to reduce emissions with methane digesters, which capture methane from manure in large storage tanks and convert the gas into electricity.
The state has set aside $50 million to help dairies set up digesters, but farmers say that’s not nearly enough to equip the state’s roughly 1,500 dairies.
The ‘idea,’ if you can call it that, is to regulate the methane gas coming from grazing cattle to ‘save the planet.’ Farmers hate the idea, but Gov Jerry Brown (Gov. Moonbeam) signed the legislation in September and it is set to go into full effect by 2030.
“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. “We expect that this package … and everything we’re doing on climate, does show an effective model forward for others,” McCarthy said.