While many may disagree regarding the role of government–whether it’s merely to protect individual rights or it’s to make people’s lives better–one thing everyone should agree on, and that’s how stupid laws shouldn’t even be considered.
However, in California, the most asinine regulations imaginable were not only considered, they passed. The regulations? Apparently, they wanted to regulate cow manure, which might make some sense, but also cow flatulence. You know…farts.
California’s Legislature has approved regulations on cow flatulence and manure – both blamed for releasing greenhouse gases.
The measure was approved shortly before the end of the legislative session Wednesday after its author, Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, agreed to give dairy farms more time to comply.
The legislation seeks to reduce methane emissions associated with manure to 40 percent below their 2013 levels by 2030. Methane is one of several gases known as short-lived climate pollutants that don’t persist for long in the atmosphere but have a huge influence on the climate.
First, does methane really make that much of an impact on our climate? Since none of the climate models has panned out the way they were supposed to, one would be justified it being skeptical.
Second, doesn’t California have bigger concerns? After all, they’re dealing with a water crisis, an unsustainable fiscal situation, high-speed rail boondoggles, and many other things. Yet none of that is what they decided to focus on. Nope. Cow farts.
That’s not to say cow farts aren’t a problem. A couple of years ago, a German barn exploded due to a methane buildup. We fully expect California to institute a waiting period for cows to pass gas, as well as strict regulation on the storage of said gas.
Seriously, though, this is ridiculous.
Read the bill yourself: