California Legislation Addresses Bovine Methane Emissions for Regulation; Dairy Farmers Will Need “Methane Digesters” to Comply

On July 19, 2013, this article I wrote, “Obama’s Climate Change Iron Is In The Fire & Gets Consumed By The Facts,” appeared in Freedom Outpost. The article contained a small paragraph concerning cow belches and farts as being the largest producer of “greenhouse gas emissions” with a reference to where that little factoid was gleaned. It reads:

Let’s not forget, the largest emission of greenhouse gases come from cow farts and belches. What will the administration do about that? How long before cows will need to be culled because of emissions? That will never happen because it is proven fact and would not serve the purpose, yet, of further control. China produces more greenhouse gas emissions than the US, so why is not Obama calling on China to join in the fight against “global warming?” It all boils down to being a ruse. Another way to gain control of resources to enslave the public.

At the time, I theorized the solution to this “cow greenhouse” emissions might be culling or mercy killing. However, despite missing the mark on how the problem was to be addressed, California is now addressing the “greenhouse gas emissions” of bovines by “regulating cow farts.”

Yes, as ridiculous as it sounds, and the idea of even addressing this being referenced in 2013, it has come to pass in the “land of fruits, nuts, and liberal idiocy.”

As Fox 5 NY reports:

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 adviser 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.

The United Nations, in a stellar display of intellectual constipation, declares “livestock” as part of “human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.” No one can make this up as fiction writers still maintain feasible scenarios in which to convey realism. And, this came out in a 2013 UN report. See the connection between the UN report and the 2013 article I penned?

Apparently, California has taken up the “banner” of the United Nation to now legislate this greenhouse gas emission in the nation’s largest milk-producing state. The regulations are being formulated with an implementation date targeted for 2024. This is following in the tradition set in 2006 when the State passed its benchmark legislation on the farce of global warming/climate change. According to Breitbart, the State of California has already handicapped egg producers.

As if it wasn’t bad enough to be a dairy farmer in a state like California — where the government, not the marketplace, determines the price at which you can sell your product — now you’ve got to take extra steps to capture the methane gas produced when your cow belches or farts.

If this sounds like an April fool’s joke, remember — this is California.  They’ve already handicapped California egg producers with a law, Proposition 2, that specifies the size of each chicken’s individual living quarters. The result was higher egg prices—and more greenhouse gas production.

In order to comply with the law, egg producers had to build each hen their own little heated “condo” instead of a communal cage.  Dramatically more energy is now being used to produce eggs in California as a result of this law since the hens are no longer able to huddle together and benefit from natural community body heat.

The question inquiring minds want to know, that was also asked by Breitbart, is “How do you capture bovine methane gas to be in compliance with the law?”

Starting out, the California State government will be focusing on cow manure, which is responsible for a quarter of the State’s methane emissions. Dairy farmers will need to install “methane digesters” per the State regulators to capture the bovine gas from the manure into storage tanks and convert this “natural gas” into electricity. The methane digesters costs around $4 million dollars in 2013. A dairy farmer with 1,500 cows had one installed with the help of state grants and a “partnership with California Biogas, LLC, which operates the system to generate renewable power for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.”

The State of California has set aside $50 million dollars to assist the state’s approximately 1,500 dairies with installation of the “methane digester.” However, dairy farmers across the state maintain that is not near enough to help all of California’s dairy farms.

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.

In addition to “methane digesters,” California state regulators are looking toward other methods to “reduce so-called enteric emissions,” which could include farmers changing the diet of their cows.

No one has to be a rocket scientist to see these regulations will drive up costs for farmers that will be passed to the consumer, which is coming at a time when the state is facing a government made severe drought, new legislation regulating overtime pay for farmworkers, and rising costs with low prices on milk.

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.[emphasis mine]

And, the last statement by Mr. Vandenheuvel is spot on, especially when climate change has been exposes as a hoax by various world entities, aka the United Nations, and world governments in order to redistribute wealth from first world and wealthy nations to the poorer nations.

So, one doesn’t need to have the dots connected to see that if this insane legislation stands in California for bovines, which have been determined to contribute to 14.5 percent of “human” induced greenhouse gas emissions and a quarter of California’s greenhouse gas emission, that it is only a hop, skip and a jump before human methane is under the regulation of the state(s). The question still remains, “How does California State legislators, regulators, environmental wing-nuts, and ‘greenies’ know exactly what emissions belong to California or another state or country that hit their air due to prevailing winds, El Nino, and the jetstream?” Did California somehow get sucked up into a bubble shielding it from the rest of the world and the republic?

And, just as Breitbart asked, the question of how the state is going to regulate compliance is important.   Does it mean expanding government regulators to “inspect” for “manure digesters?” One thing this legislation does is make otherwise law-abiding citizens into lawbreakers if they are caught being non-compliant by a “regulator.”

Today, it is cows. Tomorrow, it could be pigs, sheep, goats, horses, family pets, and humans. While humans already use septic systems and sewer systems with treatment plants to deal with solid human methane containing waste, belches and farts emitted by humans are unregulated but could be seen as attributing to the farce of climate change/global warming. Remember, California cows are only 14.5 percent of their declared “human greenhouse gas emissions” and the regulations are beginning for that species. And, how many times has the phrase “carbon footprint” been used when talking about human produced emissions concerning greenhouse gases. Belches and farts are part of the “carbon footprint” for humans.

The more one sees these idiotic pieces of legislation passed and accepted, the more one realizes that George Orwell was not far off in his novel, “1984.” Orwell just got the year wrong. But, the prevailing question when it comes to “human greenhouse gas emissions” is “how is the best way to decrease those emissions?” Hint: it isn’t through wealth redistribution, dismantling of coal burning electrical plants or digesting cow manure. It is, however, a globalist’s fantasy of population reduction or control.

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About Suzanne Hamner

Former professional Registered Nurse turned writer; equal opportunity criticizer; politically incorrect conservative;
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