Only In California - Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Regulate Cow Flatulence

Tyler Durden's picture

In yet another attack on California businesses, yesterday Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill (SB 1383) that requires the state to cut methane emissions from dairy cows and other animals by 40% by 2030.  The bill is yet another massive blow to the agricultural industry in the state of California that has already suffered from the Governor's passage of a $15 minimum wage and a recent bill that makes California literally the only state in the entire country to provide overtime pay to seasonal agricultural workers after working 40 hours per week or 8 hours per day (see "California Just Passed A $1.7 Billion Tax On The Whole Country That No One Noticed").

According to a statement from Western United Dairymen CEO, Anja Raudabaugh, California's Air Resources Board wants to regulate animal methane emissions even though it admits there is no known method for achieving the the type of reduction sought by SB 1383. 

"The California Air Resources Board wants to regulate cow emissions, even though its Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) reduction strategy acknowledges that there’s no known way to achieve this reduction.

Among other things, compliance with the bill will likely require California dairies to install "methane digesters" that convert the organic matter in manure into methane that can then be converted to energy for on-farm or off-farm consumption.  The problem, of course, is that methane digesters are expensive and with California producing 20% of the country's milk we suspect that means that California has just passed another massive "food tax" on the country.

That said, many California dairies will probably elect to simply close down and move to other states as they did in 2015.  Per the California Department of Food and Agriculture, all but 1 of California's top 10 dairy producing counties saw a reduction in dairy production in 2015.   

California Milk Production


The National Federation of Independent Businesses highlighted the detrimental effects of SB 1383 on small business, describing the bill as a "direct assault on California’s dairy industry."

“SB 1383 (Lara) creates an inconsistent, new climate change policy which will further increase the cost of doing business in California, especially for our agricultural economy. This mandated 40% reduction in methane and 50% reduction in anthropogenic black carbon gas represents a direct assault on California’s dairy industry and will hurt manufacturing by creating an arbitrary limit on natural gasses which dissipate quickly. The process by which this bill developed is also troubling; complex amendments were taken in the final hours of the legislative session, barring small business owners from understanding the impacts of this bill and voicing their strong opposition.

But Jerry Brown's new restrictions on cow flatulence isn't bad news for everyone...perhaps there is now hope for Argentina's cow fart backpack invented by the National Institute of Agricultural Technology.



SB 1383 can be read in its entirety below.

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johnconnor's picture

Imagine that cozy gubmint job "Sr. cow flatulence inspector" ... 100K plus benefits and full retirement with pension at 50 for life

californiagirl's picture

There goes my grass fed, grass finished, pasture raised, organice beef from the local farms

StackShinyStuff's picture

Gotta find out the name of that company that makes "Beeno."  Going long 1 million billion shares.

Manthong's picture


The F*Tards did not even vote to put a flatulence containment  hood over the Capitol Building in Sacramento, too?

Manthong's picture

Maybe Jerry Brown might want to introduce a bill that mandates Linda Rondstat shall not degrade from about the hottest chick ever to what she is today.

F*ck you Jerry Brown and the Communists in Sacramento

You look like shit.


California 2nd amendment dudes… you best get real busy


Lore's picture

Somebody needs to tell these assholes that the 1990s ManBearPig "global warming" swindle is over.  They're just piling another layer of mud on their faces. 

spieslikeus's picture

is that backpack thingy really more like a 'dutch oven'?

BuddyEffed's picture

Article needs a photo off the business end of the cow.

svayambhu108's picture

That's no good, the farts go in the beef, and that expalins the increase of mental farts 'cross the country.

beemasters's picture

Actually, if they have done their research right, the amount of stinking BS coming from Washington politicians would have put all cows to shame.

True Blue's picture

Jerry Brown and every other Cali politician should be sentenced to live the remainder of their natural life in one of those backpacks.

RAT005's picture

In a cows lifetime,  the gas is worth about the same as the meat until you have to pay to collect it.

svayambhu108's picture

I exptect next they might want to frack the cows...

Déjà view's picture

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OverTheHedge's picture

I read it as reducing the herd by 40%. Standard government approach - whatever you do, DO NOT PRODUCE FOOD. Always better to pay a farmer not to produce, and then import food from elsewhere. It seems to be more of a left-wing thing, as right-wing politicians tend to be landowners, but both sides tend to do it. It is the curse of having as legislators a bunch of city-dwellers who know all about the "countryside" by watching Disney documentaries about cute, fluffy bunikins etc.

Could this be in part because of the water issues in California? A cow needs a lot of water, not just to drink, but to produce corn, fodder etc.

Methane digester are actually pretty cool, and tend to pay for themselves, but it adds significantly to the workload of the farm.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Central planning produces scarcities, due to the knowledge problem.  

This kind of de-growth vibe in Sacramento is a pretty accurate translation of coastal californian voters primal wishes, born of crowding, preposterous housing prices, traffic, and detachment from the natural world(aka reality).   Also quite a lot of post-christian enviro-guilt replacing the original kind.  

ATM's picture

The Federal government subsidizes California dairy farms. The state of California is going to tax dairy farms.

So as I look at this, it is a simple scam to transfer Federal dollars to the state coffers of Cali as money is fungible.


And who the fuck ever thought it was a good idea to create the conditions where dary farming became more profitable in hot SoCal than in pleasant central Wisconsin? The cows don't like it but some big ag farmers and their political beneficiaries sure do.

What Gov. Moonbeam should be doing is asking the Feds to stop the milk subsidies and all those dirty farting cows would soon be back in their rightful homes in the rolling hills of Wisconsin. Problem solved Moonbeam.

Scooby Doo's picture

Because chicken farts are more environmetally friendly.......

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

There goes my grass fed, grass finished, pasture raised, organice beef from the local farms

That's right, dammit.  You will eat government-mandated soy-based products, and you will enjoy them!



Mr. Universe's picture

Soon it will be illegal to leave the confines of your City-State. The countryside will be "protected" for food security. Remember to please que in an orderly fashion and that Tueday is Soylent Green day. Made from plankton from our oceans, rich in protein!

mophead's picture

Not before he spikes it with massive overtime and doubletime to raise it over 100K a year before he retires.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) mophead Sep 20, 2016 6:47 AM

Jerry Brown is the one who coined the term "climate change" in the 70s.

He shut up last winter because his 100 yr drought was off, yesterday they

said its back. So he is back with this fart bullshit.


Lumberjack's picture


Each year there are approximately 117 wind turbine fires, a major cause of wind farm failure, according to several reports from 2014. One of the major causes, outside of lightning, is overheated bearings and gearboxes. According to an article in Engineering Design Insider EDI), “wind turbines often catch fire and burn much more frequently than is reported.”

The publication cites a study from the UK and Sweden, and researchers at Imperial College London, Edinburgh University and SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, who report that “while an average of 11.7 turbine fires are reported annually, more than 117 fires actually occur worldwide. At present, there are an estimated 200,000 turbines in operation around the world.”

The report notes that a wind turbine fire can be more significant than other types of energy fires such as gas or oil, and gives the example of an Australian wind farm containing 112 turbines. “When one of them caught fire during a heat wave, the entire farm was shut down, cutting power to 63,000 homes,” said the report. “In addition, burning debris from the turbine ignited ground fires that destroyed 80,000 hectares of a national park. The cause of the fire was found to be electrical failure in the nacelle. Lightning strikes are the most common cause of wind turbine fires.”



Good luck with the pastic bearings! /s  YOU-CAN'T-FIX-STUPID

NidStyles's picture

called it three years ago, it was only a matter of time before the incremental consumers forced methane collecting.

instead of actually solving the problems they will try to create false innovation and squander what time they have left before the economy eats itself.


The Tribe has the left by the balls, that much is obvious, can't wait to hear about the mishandling of fund's and outright theft that will occur with this scam.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Unbelievable ... I nearly fell of my chair laughing. I believe this is an example of cruelty to animals (or cows in this case).

I have to quote the scriptures because these verse apply to this despot with a reprobate mind in California.

[Rom 1:22 NKJV] 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,

[2Th 2:11-12 NKJV] 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

GOD has given them over ... I feel sorry for the people in CA who have to put up with this crap. This kind of thing will also make milk more expensive. Another government way to ripoff the consumer.

By the way, this kind of thing is result of UN AGENDA 2030. Guess who is backing this agenda? None other than the Catholic Pope!!!


spanish inquisition's picture

Thank god we killed  off the bison. What needs to be done now is wipe out the plains of Africa to limit methane. Caribou shoud go too..

Mr. Universe's picture

Well Jerry Brown was Jesuit educated. Instead of going into the priesthood the Illuminati had bigger plans for him. He has served his masters well and as such it doesn't seem like he will ever die. I'm not sure what's worse though, Gov Moonbeam or his chosen successor, Gabby Gavin Newsome.

Katos's picture

TheI mental midgets in the legislature of the great state of California, after hundreds of working hours of mental MASTURBATION,  have come up with a law to stop cows from FARTING??? The smelly decision was not welcome by all????, as some reps from the dairy aire, part of California felt that enforcement could be a problem?? Jerry Brown, was heard saying as he slammed his hand on the podium,  "those damn cows will respect the law, if I have to personally go down and plug each hole? I will not have my laws shit on by a bunch of obstinate gas passers"! So the crapping state of California with its smelly new law is going further down the old SHITTER. God save the queen??

undertow1141's picture

I can't wait to see the Bovine-catalytic converters. Haha, this just killed the CA beef and dairy industry. These libtards are going full tilt crazy before Jan when their madness gets ended.

CCanuck's picture

Hillary wears one of them backpacks, its good for the environment, however I think she would pollute less if she wore it on the front, alot of stink coming out of that hole.

spieslikeus's picture

Hey Huma, pull my cankle

TeraByte's picture

Introduce emission trading too. When the government gets tax revenue the Climate Change impossibly can happen, providing all human population too will be subject to a fart and burp tax (FTT). To the LA region a higher bracket must apply, because of renown complacency, which stinks up to heavens.

RockySpears's picture


  What about Vegetarians?  This is dicriminatory on those who insist on consuming only brocoli and beans,



otschelnik's picture

Next legislation will be human flatulence control and mandated fart backpacks for everyone.  

Black Warrior Waterdog's picture

If this passes, they're liable to give me the death penalty.

spieslikeus's picture

Just one more nail in his karmic coffin. F him.

spieslikeus's picture

He probably did that so he could score some babies blood from her

bjax's picture

Apparently the methane emiited from ant farts is far greater a year, than that of cows. Good luck getting back packs of those little fuckers !

williambanzai7's picture

Nail it to Diane Feinsteins door

Infield_Fly's picture
Infield_Fly (not verified) Sep 20, 2016 2:16 AM

And the industry moves from California,



RockySpears's picture


  Oregon has plenty of space does it not,



gregga777's picture

Oregon. Washington. Anywhere but Kalifornia.