California Now Regulating Cow Farts

California goes crazy over cow farts

Once again, California has proven that it is truly the land of the crazies. The state government has how turned its attention to dairy cow derrieres, and the gasses that these bovines's backsides emit.

According to Fox 5 in New York, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation into law that will limit the methane gas rising from farms created by the cows belching, farting, and manure. Yes, you read that right.

Methane is a much more unfriendly greenhouse gas than carbon-dioxide, and while some would celebrate this as another step toward curbing global warming, the law was signed in the face of much protest by California farmers.
 
Dairy farmers say the new regulations will drive up costs when they’re already struggling with five years of drought, low milk prices and rising labor costs. They’re also concerned about a newly signed law that will boost overtime pay for farmworkers.
 
“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.
 
The dairy industry could be forced to move production to states and countries with fewer regulations, leading to higher emissions globally, Sousa said.
 
“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.”
 
To help farmers deal with these new regulations, California is setting aside $50 million in taxpayer money to equip dairy farms with “digesters,” which are large machines that can turn the methane gas captured by manure into electricity. Of course, the state does not have enough to go around for the largest milk producer in the U.S., holding some 1,500 farms.
 
AND not all farmers can afford to purchase a digester, such as Arlin Van Groningen, a third-generation farmer.
 
“The bottom line is it’s going to negatively impact the economics of the California dairy industry,” Van Groningen said. “In the dairy business, the margins are so slim that something like this will force us out of state.”
 
It would seem that California continues to do its best to drive businesses out of its state with regulations that its business owners cannot afford, and it will soon lose many of the farms that help its already burdened economy.

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