ToDaZeD CA *facepalm*

state-icide

The nation’s leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock.

I’ll give ya a moment to absorb that…

“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.

Save me from Those Who Would Save The World.

State regulators [bureaucrats *spit*] want more farmers to reduce emissions with methane digesters, which capture methane from manure in large storage tanks and convert the gas into electricity.

The state has set aside $50 million [taxpayer $$$$$$] to help dairies set up digesters, but farmers say that’s not nearly enough to equip the state’s roughly 1,500 dairies.

New Hope Dairy, which has 1,500 cows in Sacramento County, installed a $4 million methane digester in 2013…

That cost is $2,700/cow.

Current prices* in Escalon CA [middle of the state] for Holstein Springing [about to calve] Heifers are running $1,700 – $2,000 this week. So the cost of the digesters adds up to more than the market value of each cow. And that’s their value as brand new replacement dairy cows. Cows do depreciate.

Selling off cows that are not going to another dairy fall in the category “ Butcher cows” and *top* prices there is $63/cwt for an 800-1000 pound animal [$63/cwt/1000lb = $630]. But if dairys start flooding that market, the bottom will fall out. NB Dairy cow is not steaks and roasts — it’s stew and low-quality burger. Usually sold to foreign markets.

“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.”

What you might to use for money is …up in the air.

So yer lookin’ at a lot of small dairys spread all over the state with investments in cattle, milking machines, cleaning/sterilizing machines, holding tanks, barns, tractors, and all the other expensive equipment — usually multi-generation family owned outfit — all Out Of Business. In a Broke Wearing a Barrel kinda way. By .gov fiat.

Let’s not even mention the grass-fed, high quality milk [have you tasted that silage-fed crap made in the acres-wide loafing barns in NV? Wouldn’t feed that to a bureaucrat. *spit*]

Now we talk about The Land. How ya gonna sell that? Who’s gonna buy what they will surely declare a Toxic Site [cow poop toxic? how come there are so many 80 year old + dairymen? still working?!? alongside their grand kids and great grand kids?]

The State – that’s who. For pennies on the dollar / confiscated for taxes. Or the Vultures Open Space [tax supported] Foundations. “Save The Land!”, they cry — which they take over and then ignore for a decade or so — allowing invasive weeds and erosion to spread to the neighbors — and then sell to a developer under a ‘special zoning allotment’.

Kleptofornia Ekonomix! [aka: How to Send the 7th Largest Economy in The World to Hell on a Bullshitte Train ] An entire industry eviscerated; thousands of acres of prime growing land, some of the best in the world; secondary and tertiary economic effects; and no good milk to drink. All with the stroke of a bureaucrat *spit*.

For what?

Fer Nothin’. That’s what.

29% of the pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area comes from China, according to a study published in the Environmental Science and Technology. …China generates about 70% of its electricity with coal-fired power plants[this ain't "Clean Coal" neither], creating large amounts of particulate pollution. Dust storms crossing China pick up these particles and carry them across the Pacific to the U.S.

This is what is being suggested as replacement foods by the bureaucrats*spit* and EUtechnocrats*eww*:

Insects, blood and faeces may not sound particularly appetitising, but they are among the produce we should consider eating if we want our food to be sustainable and healthy, according to a team of chefs and scientists in Denmark.

… Insects, blood, jelly fish, fermented products that sometimes smell and develop mould, and the products look rotten,” explains Roberto Flore, Head of Culinary Research and Development at the lab. “It’s about giving people more confidence with different produce and reconnecting with process of producing food.”

…Its members never shy of controversy, one recently argued in a Munchies article that faeces should be explored as a source of food. After all, young elephants, hippos, koalas, rabbits and pandas eat their mother’s faeces to introduce useful microbes into their digestive systems. And evidence shows that a diverse microbiome in the gut is vital for our health.

“Recognising other cultures and someone else’s values teaches us something and changes our approach to food. We are living now in an international system and we should really recognise ourselves as world citizens.”

[NB ”elephants, hippos, koalas, rabbits and pandas” are NOT “other cultures”. MY Culture — steak, good milk, eggs, wholesome cheese — by your own reckoning, “teaches us something” and is worth keeping. I’m keepin’ it. Y’all are free to go eat …faeces]

uuuuuugh. I can’t read any further. I’d rather watch the Castro hagiography on t-vee.

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13 Comments!

  1. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted November 30, 2016 at 10:28 am |

    How to Send the 7th Largest Economy in The World to Hell on a Bullshitte Train

    Claire, you just stumbled upon Moonbeam’s real high speed train. Sad to say, it sounds like this one might actually run.

    Better sell out, move out to friendlier pastures and let Kalifornia sink. I believe there’s no saving it until they are isolated and forced to live in their own world with no electricity, no water and no food. They can eat Delta smelts for a little bit, and get just enough wind and solar power to have rolling blackouts just 23 hours/day. Only real, hard, personal consequences will shatter their opium dream.
    They shat the bed; let them roll over and enjoy the smell, and for goodness’ sake, don’t let them migrate to your community. Cockroaches bring disease.

  2. DougM (stand down the SMOD watch)
    Posted November 30, 2016 at 10:53 am |

    Pretty soon, Mexico won’t want it back.

  3. Paladin
    Posted November 30, 2016 at 10:54 am |

    *Heh* Bureaucrats

  4. Fawkes News (Told You So!)
    Posted November 30, 2016 at 1:48 pm |

    COW FARTS!!!!!!!!!!1!1!!!111!!!!!!!!

  5. drew458
    Posted November 30, 2016 at 3:02 pm |

    I think I could make a killing working as the middleman between the chemical industry and the dairy farmers. Instead of expensive poop composters, let’s feed the cows a daily dose of Alpha Galactosidase. That’s the natural enzyme in Bean-o that breaks down starches and sugars so they don’t produce gas (methane). You can get it in industrial bulk for $500/kilo as a powder 300 times stronger than what’s in the Bean-o pill. Half a million for the chemicals, feed each cow a couple mg per day; half a million cows per kg enzyme. Tada, no cow farts. And the cows might get more oomph from their food since it’s a digestive aid. How about that, cows with more MPG and PZEV, just like the best new cars.

    Sure, you always need more product. But the annual outlay is a lot less than a one shot expense in the big millions. And I profit forever, just like a drug pusher.

  6. Nomen Nescio
    Posted November 30, 2016 at 3:14 pm |

    Eat shit and die!
    Thank you, don’t mind if I do.

  7. Bruce
    Posted November 30, 2016 at 3:39 pm |

    Californian “Science” seems a bit like “Soviet Science”.

    So, “cow-farts” are “mostly methane. OK.
    So, what do they think “Cow-poop digesters” make?

    I have built a couple over the years and the object of the exercise is to PRODUCE methane that is tapped off as a “fuel”. It burns better than wet cow excrement, for starters.

    Of course, when it is “combusted”, it, in the nature of such thing, produces Carbon Dioxide AND water vapour, BOTH allegedly “greenhouse gases”.

    So, can anyone tell me exactly what it is that they are trying to do?

  8. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted November 30, 2016 at 5:25 pm |

    ^tell me exactly what it is that they are trying to do?

    Punish success from hard work, make everyone dependent on .gov, bask in self-proclaimed virtue while wallowing in the power and perks of office, …
    …until other people’s money runs out.
    Buy ammo, torch fuel and popcorn futures.

  9. DougM (stand down the SMOD watch)
    Posted November 30, 2016 at 5:28 pm |

    ^^ Scienciness.
    That’s were the laws of nature are legislated.

  10. ZZMike
    Posted November 30, 2016 at 7:29 pm |

    What I can’t figure out is how a trainwreck like CA got to be the ’7th largest economy’.
    Here’s a headline from a San Francisco newspaper:
    “California’s $400 billion debt worries analysts”

  11. DougM (stand down the SMOD watch)
    Posted November 30, 2016 at 8:57 pm |

    ^ Start with being the 6th largest economy.

    (That joke’s older’n I am, fer sure.)

  12. Bruce
    Posted November 30, 2016 at 9:03 pm |

    ZZMike noted:

    “What I can’t figure out is how a trainwreck like CA got to be the ’7th largest economy’.”

    It’s a bit like;

    Q. “How do you get into small business in California, (or several other places)?”

    A. Start with a large one.

  13. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted November 30, 2016 at 9:45 pm |

    drew458 @5 — does that stuff work on a ruminant? kewl!

    bruce @7 — ThanQ!

    ZZMike @10 — Inertia. it started in the 60′s, ramped up thru the Reagan years [local and national] and is just coasting since. Gives one an appreciation for how hard it is to kill an economy. Gives us some time…