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California Climate Change Legislation Targets Flatulent Cows

California Climate Change Legislation Targets Flatulent Cows

Something really stinks in Sacramento . . . and it’s not cow “emissions”

California’s inane battle against climate change has resulted in even more toxic legislation.

Last week, our legislature approved a bill targeting cow flatulence and manure, which lawmakers blame for releasing greenhouse gases.

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) authored the bill, which passed shortly before the end of the legislative session. Lara agreed to a compromise that will give dairy farms more time to comply with the new regulations.

Critics have expressed concerns the new regulations will result in an increase in the price of milk from California cows. Proponents of the bill say methane emissions have a huge influence on the climate.

The legislation also calls for efforts that would significantly increase composting in order to eliminate the amount of food waste in landfills. Food waste releases methane when it breaks down.

The timeline will also allow more dairy farmers—and their cows—to move out-of-state as well.

…The World Ag Expo in Tulare, California features booths set up by no fewer than seven states–Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Nevada–in an attempt to lure wary California dairy farmers to a more advantageous business climate, according to NBC News.

“Increasingly every year, there are more states showing up at the World Ag Expo to entice California dairies to move to their states, and they’re finding a receptive audience,” Western Milling market analyst and commodity manager Joel Karlin told NBC. “California has been losing cows to other states such as Idaho, Texas, and New Mexico–and now a lot of operators are looking at the Midwest more favorably since feed is cheaper, labor is cheaper, and water is more plentiful.”

You can always count on Sacramento to come up with regulations to help citizens . . . decide to move to another state in our union!

On the international level, biologists are clamoring for even more money to study the effects of climate change on plants and animals.

…An international group of biologists is calling for data collection on a global scale to improve forecasts of how climate change affects animals and plants.

Accurate model predictions can greatly aid efforts to protect biodiversity from disturbances such as climate change and urban sprawl by helping scientists and decision-makers better understand, anticipate and respond to threats that imperil species and ecosystems.

In a paper published in Science on Thursday (Sept. 8), biologists cite a critical lack of data on key biological mechanisms – such as how animals and plants spread during their lifetime and how they evolve in response to changes in the environment – as the main obstacle to improving models’ ability to forecast species’ response to climate change…

I can predict the effect of climate change legislation on California’s cows at no cost at all. They, like many other Californians, will be enjoying their new home in Texas!

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Fleeeeeee smart people…!!! Get out while you CAN…!!!

I remember the Kulhifornia of my early childhood, and driving past miles and miles of alfalfa, orange groves, and dairies.

Just across the border is sanity. Arizona is pretty well bought up, as far as dairies go, but New Mexico, parts of Nevada, and West Texas are open for bidness.

Find out who wants to buy the farmers’ land cheap, and you’ll know where this comes from. This has not one thing to do with taking care of the climate.

Finally, a somnolent legislature has woken up and smelled the….

Perhaps Kalifornia needs to borrow the solution Charleston, SC, took a few years back regarding all those horse apples laying on the streets: Convert Southern Horse Diapers to Western Cow Diapers, with a gaseous filter added; perhaps with a subtle hint of Peppermint to mask an otherwise malodorous aroma. Would that be a dependable response to Gov. Brown’s pressing problem?

“Proponents of the bill say methane emissions have a huge influence on the climate.”

Then they won’t have any problem providing actual hard evidence of the supposed damage caused by each cow, will they?

Oh that’s right… when it comes to climate “science”, actual evidence isn’t necessary.

    ConradCA in reply to Sanddog. | September 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    The enviro-mentally ill “scientists refuse to use the scientific method to prove their theory.

    They should develop a method to reliably measure the climate that doesn’t require fixing the data so it conforms to the theory. Then record the predictions of the models for a thousand tears into the future. These predictions should match because “the science is settled”. Them compare the climate measurements with the predictions and if they match for a thousand years then the GW theory could be considered proven. Until this theory is proven then it is just bovine excritment.

Why does anyone live in Kalifornica!!!?? Leave now while you still can. Geeeezzz …

And how will this affect the organic milk industry. The greenhouse gases created by producing a gallon of organic milk is multiple times the greenhouse gases created in producing a gallon of conventional milk.

    Ragspierre in reply to Michael Settle. | September 10, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Horseshit. No pun intended.

    Unless you mean by “multiple” something on the order of 1.1 times the inputs.

    Those are generally forage, silage, water, and some concentrates, plus a very few supplements. Most of that is just “organic” already.

Jerry Brown is a complete FOOL and was elected by the “illegals”, “dead people” and the younger voters who weren’t around in the 70’s to remember “moonbeam”.

Chick Fila’s cow saying eat more chicken was ahead of it’s time…..unless chickens fart.

Subotai Bahadur | September 10, 2016 at 11:16 pm

California already created deserts to replace farmland in an apparently failed attempt to save an invasive fish [the Delta Smelt, which last I heard scientists could no longer find: https://www.newsdeeply.com/water/articles/2016/06/07/critical-index-finds-smelt-nearly-extinct-in-delta%5D.

California just changed its labor laws to end the agricultural exemption to overtime laws [when farming has to be done, it has to be done regardless of hours] and requiring time and 1/2 for over 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week. This will either drive farmers out of business, or raise food prices exorbitantly [especially for “organic” foods the Leftists so love].

Now they are driving dairies out of the state.

When the burning times come, it is going to get awful hungry in the coastal cities and in the elite compounds of California.

Good.

Something smells of Mexifornia fascism.

California is a NIMBY state, they want it all but not there, there are nuclear power plant being built in UT that will more than likely sent power to CA.

the delta smelt was in all probability a niche species to begin with

It is clear that California state government no longer wants an agriculture industry in the state. [1] regulating livestock methane emissions [2] the state overregulation of water in the San Joaquin Valley affecting crop farmers there [3] relatively new regulations affecting eggs production [4] overtime pay rules for farm workers much more strict than the very strict overtime laws in China [5] the Central Valley high speed rail boondoggle using eminent domain laws to strip farmers of their land.

Is it just me or has my reading comprehension been stealth-attacked by the specter of approaching dementia?

NO WHERE in this article–or the relevant link–can I find any actual information as to what the headline shouts out.

It would really be helpful if the author told us what exactly the legislation says (I am assuming it does and that it is deserving of ridicule) that relates to cow farts and manure, so we all know what we are supposed to be jeering about.

Not to single out L.E. (or be personally critical of him or her), as I have noticed the same problem with other headlines that promise a story and never get around to actually delivering the facts in the last several years.

Anyone that has been around cattle for any amount of time ought to know cattle do not fart. It is virtually impossible for that to happen, due to the biology of the species. If a cow has that much gas, they bloat and die. Whoever started that line, is full of male bovine excrement (no pun intended),

    Ragspierre in reply to Stan25. | September 11, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Actually, it’s the damned horses. When they need to fart, they’ll try to find some poor cow, minding her business.

    “Whooooa! Dudette…!!! Light a match” You hear it all them time out on the range.

    But seriously, you’re perfectly right. Ruminants don’t fart, but they DO belch a lot. The first two of their stomach compartments are essentially fermentation vats, and they do produce a lot of gases.

    Ruminants don’t really “eat” roughage. They actually eat bacteria that they produce in vast quantities. Which is why they’re so wonderful as domestic animals. They produce meat, milk, leather and fiber from stuff humans can’t use much.

I’m trying to do my bit, one steak at a time.

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