Not from The Onion: California is cracking down on cow farts


Via Yahoo: California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. 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 advisor 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.

Since the passage of its landmark global warming law in 2006, California has been reducing carbon emissions from cars, trucks, homes and factories, while boosting production of renewable energy.


In the nation’s largest milk-producing state, the new law requires dairies and other livestock operations to reduce methane emissions 40 percent below 2013 levels by 2030. State officials are developing the regulations, which take effect in 2024.

“We expect that this package … and everything we’re doing on climate, does show an effective model forward for others,” McCarthy said.

But 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.”

Regulators are looking for ways to reduce so-called enteric emissions — methane from the bodily functions of cows. That could eventually require changes to what cattle eat.


But the biggest target is dairy manure, which accounts for about a quarter of the state’s methane emissions. State regulators want more 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.

New Hope Dairy, which has 1,500 cows in Sacramento County, installed a $4 million methane digester in 2013, thanks to state grants and a partnership with the local utility, which operates the system to generate renewable power for the grid.

But co-owner Arlin Van Groningen, a third-generation farmer, says he couldn’t afford one if he had to buy and run it himself. “The bottom line is it’s going to negatively impact the economics of the California dairy industry,” Van Groningen said of the new law. “In the dairy business, the margins are so slim that something like this will force us out of state.”

State officials say they’re committed to making sure the new regulations work for farmers and the environment. “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,” Ryan said.

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25 responses to “Not from The Onion: California is cracking down on cow farts

  1. What’s the solution , butt plugs ?

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  2. They don’t call him ” MOONBEAM ” for nothing !!!

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  3. Left wing loons again at work. I guess I’m preaching to the choir but so-called anthropogenic climate change is a hoax. It is a political not scientific policy used to reduce the earth’s population and increase government control over its citizens. Even if there were an increase in greenhouse gases, CO2 is beneficial to the planet. Without it there would be no life. As a Canadian I would welcome global warming.

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  4. Someone tell me that politicians don’t fart! What’s their excuse?

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  5. Meanwhile, it’s SNOWING in Saudi Arabia. So much for global warming… No wonder they changed the name to “climate change”.

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  6. They bitch about cow farts yet say nothing about the black smoke billowing out of trucks, buses and construction equipment exhaust pipes.

    Can you say “hypocrites”?

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  7. Kevin J Lankford

    Apparently this world never was suitable for sustained life of any sort.

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  8. Since there are way more humans than cattle–why aren’t those weasels targetting us if it’s such a huge problem? Why doesn’t anyone ask them that question?

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  9. I guess they will require special cow toilets that the cow can flush their manure straight into these digester’s other wise the farmers will have to hire someone to follow the cows around and collect the manure or put all day diapers on the cows till they come home to be milked. Either way the cost of milk will skyrocket! What a loonie state government!

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  10. The level of insanity being sold to these people and they are buying it is mind numbing. Cracking down on or smoking too much of? I can’t even wrap my head around this stupidly enough to make a comment. So I guess I will just sit here with the most dumbfounded look on my face thinking WTF . 🙂

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  12. Remember when the Left pilloried and ridiculed Reagan for saying that cow farts were a major contributor to global warming? Who’s laughing now?


  13. By 2030, eh? Sounds like more Agenda 21-2030 flatulence to me!

    Duct tape the cows’ mouths,
    Stick a cork in their rears;
    But you’ll have angry cows,
    Blowing farts out their ears!

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  14. The secret word here giving out this report is the UN. This has zip, zero, nothing to do about gas, this is about controlling our food sources. Notice they said nothing about the pollution from all the airplanes as well as their private jets and their yachts burning emissions at a higher rate than any herd of cows. Or their large SUVs and limos.
    This is Ca., home of the governor with his head up BO’s rear.
    This is Ca. That has already shut the flow of water to what used to be one of the most fertile valleys in the world. This is Ca. who stupidly refuses to install solutions to catch snow runoff and continues to let it flow to the ocean.
    This is Ca., home of pedophilia in Hollywood and those that think all those from the right should just die.
    Do they have anything I want to hear, not on your life.
    I grew up working around cattle and livestock my whole life. What cows expel is nothing compared to 12 guys sitting in a bar eating popcorn and drinking beer.
    Moist corn in a silo or damp hay in a barn is more dangerous than any cow.
    This is another case of smoke and mirrors.

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  15. Liberals are insane.

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  16. Damn, if cows are such trouble why didn’t those pesky Uroxen cause climate problems when they were running wild (and farting) all over Europe?

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  17. Glad I don’t live in CA. What a bunch of dolts. Hopefully Mr. Trump will usher in an age of sanity. I seriously doubt he can do worse. And those folks in CA. They didn’t get enough Jerry Brown the first time. They hired him again.

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  18. Jerry Brown was known to be a bit of a snarf, and a volunteer!

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  19. Methane is called NATURAL GAS because it bubbles out of the ground everywhere. Methane is 1.7 PPM in the atmosphere and ‘absorbs’ only in the 3.3 and 7.7 micron bands, outside Earth’s Outgoing Longwave Radiation bands.


    “Mommie, Can We Play Obombie Truth Origami” at FauxScienceSlayer

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  20. california was home to the largest natural disaster in US history:
    aliso canyon/ porter ranch methane leak.
    they still haven’t figured out what caused the leak in the first place, had a weak judge give the energy company responsible for it a slap on the wrist, and all the while, they are sitting there on their overpaid, noxious, state capitol butts worried about cow farts?!
    this is truly another example of what a bunch of useless idiots run our corrupted state govt!
    “Utility wants to resume pumping natural gas into Aliso Canyon facility that was site of massive leak”

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