California Passes Bill Restricting Diesel Trucks, Cow Farts
Bill Aims to Reduce Methane, Black Carbon Emissions
The state of California has a long history of environmental activism and politics dominated by the far left. There’s little question the state’s air quality has been positively impacted since the early ’70s, when the California Air Resources Board (C.A.R.B.) was formed. However well intentioned, some of these environmental regulations have put an undue burden on businesses and residents of the state. For some, the latest development indicates the extreme irrational lunacy of some of California’s famously Draconian regulations. This week, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that aims to reduce methane emissions from agricultural sources by 40 percent and black carbon from diesel trucks by 50 percent by 2030.
Although strict, the truck emissions standards are arguably achievable through technological means. However, regulating methane output from livestock is an altogether different issue. The means to regulate the greenhouse gas remain vague in the legislation. Many farms employ some sort of methane capture system. However, these systems can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The upside is the captured methane can be used on-site for energy generation and heat. This development worries California’s dairy farmers. California is the source of 20 percent of the milk production in the U.S., and advocates for the agricultural industry say this will place an unnecessary burden on the state’s dairy producers. Proponents of the measure say it will spur technological development of methane capture technology and boost the economy.