Reading the Wall Street Journal is usually pretty dry stuff, but every now and then...
The August 13/14 weekend edition had an opinion piece ("California's Cow Police") on "enteric fermentation" which is a concern, growing louder, in the debate over climate change and air quality in California. The short word for enteric fermentation is "flatulence" (there are also several even shorter, oft used four letter descriptors). It seems that the California Air Resources Board has "quietly released" regulations to cut the state's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
|It wasn't me!|
The principal obstacle to meeting these goals apparently is methane gas, which is described as "a short-lived climate pollutant" with "an out-sized impact on climate change in the short term". Methane is mostly produced by cows, but California dairy farmers are struggling with how to get the cows to agree to the politically mandated 40% reduction in methane levels. As the WSJ so appropriately notes: "Many California dairy farms have already been converted into nut farms, which are more economical amid the state's high regulatory costs". With current regulatory overreach, it is not too hard to imagine even more of California turning into "nut farms"...
But, the real concern is...
|Was that an "episodic event"?|
'Course this may be a great technology
|Maybe even with "alerts"!|
|Pass it on!|
Will be interesting to see how this comes out.
[They may be looking on "the wrong coast" for the biggest source of the problem.]