Madness is afoot

Reading the news today, it seems that lately the world is becoming increasingly entropic FUBAR thanks to government meddling in the name of climate and environment. Here is a sample of news items just from today:

Here’s How EPA Red Tape Forced 3.5 Million Puerto Ricans To Live In The Dark

Puerto Rico’s entire population is still out of power Thursday after a fire at a power plant shut down the island’s grid, and they have the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to thank.

The fire burned up an old oil-burning power plant that was going to be shut down and replaced by a new natural gas burning power plant. That is, until the EPA killed the plan.

Now, 3.5 million people are out of electricity.

EPA blocked Puerto Rico’s plans to import the liquefied natural gas (LNG) to run the new plant in the name of saving sea turtles. The agency has delayed the LNG terminal for more than two years by forcing design changes to limit its impact on coral reefs. No construction work has begun on the import terminal.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/22/heres-how-epa-red-tape-forced-3-5-million-puerto-ricans-to-live-in-the-dark/#ixzz4L0Zr0gsd


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

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.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-19/only-california-governor-jerry-brown-signs-bill-regulate-cow-flatulence


President Obama Demands Intelligence Agencies Draft Plans to Combat Climate Change

Obama inserts climate change into national security strategy

President Obama is asking 20 federal offices to work together on a national security strategy to address climate change.

Obama signed a directive on Wednesday telling the offices to develop a “federal climate and national security working group” to “identify the U.S. national security priorities related to climate change and national security, and develop methods to share climate science and intelligence information to inform national security policies and plans,” the White House said.

He charged the group with developing a climate change action plan within 90 days, laying out steps for sharing climate data, research ideas and vulnerability assessments for parts of the United States that are threatened by climate change over the next three decades.

Obama also asked the agencies — which cover climate offices and national security missions — to write implementation plans for combatting climate change.


Paris Climate Deal Passes Milestone as 20 More Nations Sign On

More than 20 world leaders tendered legal documents on Wednesday, formally binding their governments to the Paris climate accord at a General Assembly ceremony here and all but ensuring that the agreement will go into force by the end of the year.

The specifics of each country’s plans, though, are voluntary. There are no sanctions for failing to control pollution or to put economic polices into practice, or for submitting unambitious pledges.

The legally binding portion of the Paris accord does little more than require governments to continue to convene at high-profile global climate summit meetings, make public pledges to tackle global warming at home and submit those plans to be published on a United Nations website.


SEC Probes Exxon Over Accounting for Climate Change

Probe also examines company’s practice of not writing down the value of oil and gas reserves

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating how Exxon Mobil Corp.values its assets in a world of increasing climate-change regulations, a probe that could have far-reaching consequences for the oil and gas industry.

The SEC sought information and documents in August from Exxon and the company’s auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, according to people familiar with the matter. The federal agency has been receiving documents the company submitted as part of a continuing probe into similar issues begun last year by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the people said.

The SEC’s probe is homing in on how Exxon calculates the impact to its business from the world’s mounting response to climate change, including what figures the company uses to account for the future costs of complying with regulations to curb greenhouse gases as it evaluates the economic viability of its projects.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/sec-investigating-exxon-on-valuing-of-assets-accounting-practices-1474393593


The madness of crowds seems to apply here.

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109 thoughts on “Madness is afoot

    • He will leave a legacy, all right. Just not a good one. Higher health care costs. ISIS. Domestic terrorism. Deficits. Emboldened Russia. Emboldened China. Unconstitutional executive decrees (immigration, CPP). Politicized IRS. Climate the nation’s biggest threat madness. History will not be kind.

      • I think that’s where they plan on piping the cow farts to! Import coal power so they can show clean hands and export their mess. California heavy crude is more CO2 intensive than oil sands crude but they don’t seem to mind that!

      • Wow, if California can just raise the price of milk another buck a gallon, it may be worthwhile to crank up the old dairy down the road. We could make a fortune at the price moonbeam wants to impose!

    • It’s not the cows that produce methane, it’s bacteria that eats plants that does.
      Inside or outside the cows, the bacteria will consume the plants and produce methane.
      There is no getting away from that. God (or Darwin) created life that way.
      Ban life, Mr Dingdong Governor.

    • What do you do with illegal, excess cow flatulence, light it on fire? Well, perhaps a secondary benefit would be to help the under 24 employment numbers. Hundreds of thousands of young people running after cows with lighters. “Hi Mom, I’m home. It was a good day, singed one eyebrow and only stepped in a dozen or so cow plops.”

    • In other news, the Ministry of Production has announced that the chocolate ration is increased to twenty-five grams per week!

  1. So many presumptions have to be in place for any of this to happen – pretty much a long-term developing mass-psychosis. But at the rub, it’s a belief in inherent (and absolute) power – the idea that humans, and particularly the US, has such control that they can make anything happen – and that this power is inherent, and can never go away (like prosperity). This is reflected in the idea that you can simply pass a law and, ‘poof’, the problem is solved. Second is the idea that ANYTHING done in the name of the environment is not just good, but morally required, no matter what level of cost/returns.

    Finally, what is necessary is a complete blindness to consequences, and a near-total rationalization, dismissal, and whitewash of any real-world evidence that threatens this worldview, no matter how self-contradictory it may be.

      • It’s more like a conspiracy of self interest between the Greens and the Socialists. The only psychosis is believing that it will all work out ok.

      • John,
        It’s conspiratorial only to the extent that you consider politics as usual a criminal conspiracy. To be sure, politics has interfered with climate science and pushed it to a level of absurdity that’s so unbelievable that the believers won’t accept that it’s wrong. After all, a consensus of esteemed scientists can’t be that wrong, right?

        Is it a conspiracy or just a case of misguided self righteousness supported with broken science and reinforced by political ideology? I prefer to think that its the later, but if any of these esteemed scientists know how wrong they are and conspire to hide it, especially if they are affiliated with the IPCC or are a political insider, that would be a criminal conspiracy of epic proportions making Madoff look like a petty thief.

      • Wilful blindness is widespread because of sophisticated propaganda, indiscriminate in its reach but women are more prone.

      • I see no reason to believe any of this stuff is coming from mass delusion, with the possible exception of an apparently widespread belief that people in positions of power/authority can’t conspire. Seriously, I sometimes feel like I’m watching ‘Mars Attacks’ and the people are trusting the “Don’t run, we come in peace” messages coming out of the little boom boxes the martians are carrying . . Yes they can, and yes they have, I am quite certain. Please wake up . .

      • For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

      • ‘I see no reason to believe any of this stuff is coming from mass delusion’

        Well, there’s always two groups this kind of things break into – those that will never stop because they believe they are doing the right thing – I sort of compare it to old-time doctors who performed blood-transfusions, not understanding about blood-types.

        The second is those who will never stop because they know they’re NOT doing the right thing, and need to get it done before someone stops them.

        Both cases tend towards people who are willing to bend the rules for their cause – and you don’t even have to use the word ‘conspiracy’ in the first case because it’s just like-minded people congregating.

        In the second case, yes, absolutely ‘conspiracy’ applies.

    • Electric car enthusiasts used to insist that the auto industry could develop a magic battery if they wanted to. All we needed was for congress to pass a law forcing them to do it.

      • And King Canute could stop the tide if he wanted to. All he needed was to shout his royal command a little louder.

  2. A little know set of two factoids showing just how FUBAR Moonbeam Brown is. 1. The California dairy industry is grossly oversized for regional fresh milk production. That is because milk production subsidies increase as a direct function of distance from ‘ground zero’ Madison Wisconsin. My dairy farm is 40 miles west. California is ~2000 miles west. 2. The over five million acres of alfalfa grown in California to feed all those misplaced cows is the largest single consumer of water in the state by far. In a state suffering from periodic drought.

      • Nope – Cabot, hands down, from here in Green Mountain State according to Madison professor of AG, whom I’d best not name due to the Cheesehead Warriors. (gotta go to soccer practice …)

      • Cabot is like Cheez-Whiz compared to Tillamook. Each to his own. Cali cheddar will do in a pinch for nachos. I grew up on Wisconsin cheeses. Would like a nice wheel of the old Swiss we used to buy in southern Wisconsin and take home to Rockford, Ill.

      • Haven’t found any to truely compare to Monterey county Jalapeno or Habanero Jack. Though a nice Sonoma County Smoky Gouda is really gouda too

      • Bryan A, I wish to pose an argument against the proposition that Calif. cheeses are better. Everybody KNOWS that the world’s best pizzas originate in Chicago (where the deep dish pizza was invented – Pizzeria Uno). Try to describe a pizza on the West Coast that isn’t a piece of cardboard covered by (maybe) melted American cheese and sliced Brussels sprouts. You can’t.

        Now, why are the best pizzas from Chicago? Because of Wisconsin cheese.

    • A law that has been in effect since St. FDR decided that it was the job of the federal govt to decide the winners and losers in the economy.

    • Anyone know why the US doesn’t allow Aseptic packaged milk? All the milk in Chile is in aseptic packaging and keeps for months. It tastes the same too. The dairy farmers in the south think the US is crazy trying to ship ‘fresh’ milk that requires constant refrigeration.

    • Thought: If I am an Amish dairy farmer, do I have to get electricity to run that digesting thingy? I think I would have a different kind of problem with that.

  3. Ah yes, MacKays masterpiece. My favourite extract concerning my old home town, very pertinent to our present situation, illustrating the persuasive power of expert consensus, the gullibility of the rich and powerful and the too willing acceptance of imminent catastrophe.

    “A still more singular instance of the faith in predictions occurred in London in the year 1524. The city swarmed at that time with fortune-tellers and astrologers, who were consulted daily by people of every class in society on the secrets of futurity. As early as the month of June 1523, several of them concurred in predicting that, on the 1st day of February 1524, the waters of the Thames would swell to such a height as to overflow the whole city of London, and wash away ten thousand houses. The prophecy met implicit belief. It was reiterated with the utmost confidence month after month, until so much alarm was excited that many families packed up their goods, and removed into Kent and Essex. As the time drew nigh, the number of these emigrants increased. In January, droves of workmen might be seen, followed by their wives and children, trudging on foot to the villages within fifteen or twenty miles, to await the catastrophe. People of a higher class were also to be seen in wagons and other vehicles bound on a similar errand. By the middle of January, at least twenty thousand persons had quitted the doomed city, leaving nothing but the bare walls of their homes to be swept away by the impending floods. Many of the richer sort took up their abode on the heights of Highgate, Hampstead, and Blackheath; and some erected tents as far away as Waltham Abbey on the north, and Croydon on the south of the Thames. Bolton, the prior of St. Bartholomew’s, was so alarmed, that he erected, at a very great expense, a sort of fortress at Harrow-on-the-Hill, which he stocked with provisions for two months. On the 24th of January, a week before the awful day which was to see the destruction of London, he removed thither, with the brethren and officers of the priory and all his household. A number of boats were conveyed in wagons to his fortress, furnished abundantly with expert rowers, in case the flood, reaching so high as Harrow, should force them to go farther for a resting-place. Many wealthy citizens prayed to share his retreat; but the prior, with a prudent forethought, admitted only his personal friends, and those who brought stores of eatables for the blockade.

    At last the morn, big with the fate of London, appeared in the east. The wondering crowds were astir at an early hour to watch the rising of the waters. The inundation, it was predicted, would be gradual, not sudden; so that they expected to have plenty of time to escape as soon as they saw the bosom of old Thames heave beyond the usual mark. But the majority were too much alarmed to trust to this, and thought themselves safer ten or twenty miles off. The Thames, unmindful of the foolish crowds upon its banks, flowed on quietly as of yore. The tide ebbed at its usual hour, flowed to its usual height, and then ebbed again, just as if twenty astrologers had not pledged their words to the contrary. Blank were their faces as evening approached, and as blank grew the faces of the citizens to think that they had made such fools of themselves. At last night set in, and the obstinate river would not lift its waters to sweep away even one house out of the ten thousand. Still, however, the people were afraid to go to sleep. Many hundreds remained up till dawn of the next day, lest the deluge should come upon them like a thief in the night.

    On the morrow, it was seriously discussed whether it would not be advisable to duck the false prophets in the river. Luckily for them, they thought of an expedient which allayed the popular fury. They asserted that, by an error (a very slight one,) of a little figure, they had fixed the date of this awful inundation a whole century too early. The stars were right after all, and they, erring mortals, were wrong. The present generation of cockneys was safe, and London would be washed away, not in 1524, but in 1624. At this announcement, Bolton the prior dismantled his fortress, and the weary emigrants came back.”

    The last paragraph predicts the most probable outcome of this present delusion.

  4. Dairy in California was already a dying industry.

    1) Dairy cattle can be trucked out of California and will be producing in their new home in about 3 days.
    2) Dairy farms are spread across the U.S., is to avoid the high distribution costs, Can you say “gallon-o-milk in SF costing $6.50?”
    3) California can say goodbye to about 80 large dairy farms, each providing a tax base of about 30 million bucks to their rural communities. Thanks Guvnor Moodbeam.

    • Gov. Brown is finished. Either he knows he is un-electable at the next election and doesn’t give a rats or he is simply writing the longest suicide note and is ignorant to the harm he is creating. Elitist policies will be the end of western civilization and Gov. Brown is encouraging it, go figure.

  5. This is not the first time EPA has caused suffering on poor areas of the country. Fairness and poverty relief are some other part of the endless budget and not their problem.

    • Leftists are convinced that the world would be better off if all of the humans permitted to live were stuffed into a small number of high density cities.
      Smaller environmental footprint and a lot easier to control.

    • Vote either one and you’re still gonna die…Hasn’t been anyone beat it yet for more than 116 years or so.

    • Robert of Ottawa
      Even here in the UK, we have the notion – little explore, I suggest – that we will all die eventually.
      [Metaphysics is not my strong point, so ‘Living in the memory of those who knew you’ is – for me – moot.]
      I expect, one day, to die.
      Ideally with no pain; with affairs reasonably ordered; and with my loved ones aware that I go to that Bourne from which no man returns.
      And they need to have a good piss-up for me [if not at my expense!!!].

      Auto – clearly – you think – a planner!

    • A snippet of your attachment with comments (bold)

      Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality. Fossil fuels powered the Industrial Revolution. But the burning of oil, coal, and gas also caused most of the historical increase in atmospheric levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. This increase in greenhouse gases is changing Earth’s climate.

      Our fingerprints on the climate system are visible everywhere. They are seen in warming of the oceans, the land surface, and the lower atmosphere. They are identifiable in sea level rise At what point in the last 150 years does the ammount of sea level rise begin to get attirbuted to GHG considering that it appears to be an unchanging linear trend for that time period, altered rainfall patterns <which pattern alterations are ENSO/AMO-El Nino/La Nina related and how are you defining the difference?, retreat of Arctic sea ice, ocean acidification <More like Ocean Nutrilization…Base…Neutral…Acid, and many other aspects of the climate system. Human-caused climate change is not something far removed from our day-to-day experience, affecting only the remote Arctic <The remote arctic was warmer between 950 and 1350CE than today or sustained cultivation wouldn't have been possible then. It is present here and now, in our own country, in our own states, and in our own communities.

      During the Presidential primary campaign, claims were made that the Earth is not warming, or that warming is due to purely natural causes outside of human control. Such claims are inconsistent with reality. And the claim that Man is entirely (50%+) responsible is inconsistant with the reality of Historicaly changing climates

      Others argued that no action is warranted until we have absolute certainty about human impacts on climate. Absolute certainty is unattainable. We are certain beyond a reasonable doubt, however, that the problem of human-caused climate change is real, serious, and immediate, and that this problem poses significant risks: to our ability to thrive and build a better future, to national security, to human health and food production, and to the interconnected web of living systems. Like the greening of the biosphere, or the extension of growing periods, or the ever increasing cereal crop yields. The only real threat to the web of living systems is the degredation/removal of the Carbon Sinks for fuel/energy sources

      The basic science of how greenhouse gases trap heat is clear, and has been for over a century. Ultimately, the strength of that basic science brought the governments of the world to Paris in December 2015. They went to Paris despite pronounced differences in systems of government, in national self-interest, in culpability for past emissions of greenhouse gases, and in vulnerability to future climate change. The leaders of over 190 countries recognized that the problem of human-caused climate change is a danger to present and future citizens of our planet. They made national commitments to address this problem. It was a small but historic and vital first step towards more enlightened stewardship of Earth’s climate system. At least 150 of those 190 nations were there to see just how much “Climate Reparations” would be due to them from the 15 or 20 richest developed nations that would sign the accord

      From studies of changes in temperature and sea level over the last million years, we know that the climate system has tipping points. When was the last time that the climate “Tipped”? (hint: Glaciation 100,000 years – interglacial 10,000-15,000 years) Our proximity to these tipping points is uncertain. We know, however, that rapid warming of the planet increases the risk of crossing climatic points of no return, The climate has never “Not Returned” from any state, not even when CO2 was over 3000PPM possibly setting in motion large-scale ocean circulation changes, the loss of major ice sheets, and species extinctions.During what time period have species never gone extinct The climatic consequences of exceeding such thresholds are not confined to the next one or two electoral cycles. They have lifetimes of many thousands of years. When have there been any “many thousands of years” time spans that has had a Stagnant Climate (Not Changing)

    • Thanks for the link Robert…
      And those are the dangerously psychotic lunatics masquerading as ‘scientists’ that inspire our psychopathic, megalomanic world leaders to further hype up the CAGW /CC fear and hysteria.
      They will never be satisfied until true mass hysteria – global panic sets in and the terrified poulation kill each other off in some frenzied act of self defence… Maybe that’s what they’re hoping to accomplish.

      That’s the only REAL global warming that’s occuring…

      We (sceptics) are effectively silenced (threatened), from uttering any dissent, or speaking any form of truth, while these truly dangerous, misanthropic, Socialist nut-jobs are free to spread that sort of hysterical and TOTALLY FALSE propaganda and FEAR among the masses…

      GOD, (or someone, or someTHING): PLEASE HELP US…

    • You do know that the US armed forces are installing huge amounts of renewable energy, especially solar? and it is saving them money and increasing their operational efficiency? That the US Army corps of Engineers and the US Navy are both on record as saying climate change exists/it is a threat?

      http://www.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Archive/Story-Article-View/Article/547550/the-us-army-corps-of-engineers-releases-robust-climate-change-adaptation-strate/

      http://www.businessinsider.com/climate-change-military-2014-7?IR=T

      • The politicians have ordered the military to go green. And the fools actually believe that this is proof of they mythology.

      • Griff – There you go again. If you really dig down to see just why the various DoD entities are doing so, you will find nothing but Executive Orders (emphasis on the ORDERS part) for implementing Sustainability projects. For no other reason than the EO. If you have a Military background, you would also then understand that when so ordered, you are a good Soldier (or Airman, or Corpsman, or Seaman, or Civil Servant) and you go forth and implement the Order. The mere actions of the DoD implementing Executive Orders under the guise of Sustainability, does not provide any substantiation of the underlying myth of CAGW.

        I don’t know why I am feeding the Trolls Under The Bridge. But sometimes, when clarification of false assumptions is needed, I will speak out thus, as I cannot electronically reach through the computer and provide you with a well-deserved facial slap (moderators – please excuse my excursion into such provocative language, I sincerely attempted to not go there, but…it’s Griff!!).

        Regards,

        MCR

      • Either the initial submission of the following ended in moderation, or I had a posting error – if this appears as a duplication, please excuse.

        Griff – There you go again. If you really dig down to see just why the various DoD entities are doing so, you will find nothing but Executive Orders (emphasis on the ORDERS part) for implementing Sustainability projects. For no other reason than the EO. If you have a Military background, you would also then understand that when so ordered, you are a good Soldier (or Airman, or Corpsman, or Seaman, or Civil Servant) and you go forth and implement the Order. The mere actions of the DoD implementing Executive Orders under the guise of Sustainability, does not provide any substantiation of the underlying myth of CAGW.

        I don’t know why I am feeding the Trolls Under The Bridge. But sometimes, when clarification of false assumptions is needed, I will speak out thus, as I cannot electronically reach through the computer and provide you with a well-deserved facial slap (moderators – please excuse my excursion into such provocative language, I sincerely attempted to not go there, but…it’s Griff!!).

        Regards,

        MCR

      • Griff – There you go again. If you really dig down to see just why the various DoD entities are doing so, you will find nothing but Executive Orders (emphasis on the ORDERS part) for implementing Sustainability projects. For no other reason than the EO. If you have a Military background, you would also then understand that when so ordered, you are a good Soldier (or Airman, or Marine, or Seaman, or Civil Servant) and you go forth and implement the Order. The mere actions of the DoD implementing Executive Orders under the guise of Sustainability, does not provide any substantiation of the underlying myth of CAGW.

        I don’t know why I am feeding the Tro lls Under The Bridge. But sometimes, when clarification of false assumptions is needed, I will speak out thus.

        (moderators – mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa for my prior submission of a more vulgar version of the above. I wouldn’t mind if you deleted it.)

        Regards,

        MCR

      • The armed forces use solar and other (sometimes strange) energy sources most often because of their unique requirements. Solar powered tents and JP4 from seawater make sense when transportation costs mean that your fuel in the field costs $600/gallon! Any use in stateside bases is purely political.

  6. “May you live in interesting times” right. Looting, rioting, and government stupidity masking as a search for justice.

  7. Re Exxon reserves: as an old petroleum engineer let me say that yes Exxon’s reserves are wrong. Two reasons 1)the uncertainty of oil and gas reserve estimation and 2) Exxon is very conservative when they estimate reserves, likely their numbers are low. Another point Exxon has operations and reserves in many areas and a lot of very good people doing the work this will tend to good numbers. No, I do not work nor did I work with Exxon.

    • Also, I’m very skeptical of a federal investigation over disagreements on qualitative assessments of impacts that future laws might have. That’s very much rulemaking by prosecution. While the EPA does it extensively, it’s still wrong in every sense of the word.

  8. “According to a statement from … 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 …”

    Nonsense. There’s most definitely a method. In fact there’s several.

    The most promising one is the newly developed BRM. Immediately after the dairy farmer milks the cow he/she k•i•l•l•s it. It shouldn’t need saying, but I’ll say it anyway; ‘dead cows don’t produce flatulence.’ Then, when the farmer receives an order for more milk, he/she resurrects it with the BRM. It’s as simple as that. BRM stands for Bovine Resurrection Machine. Now, the ki•l•|•ing part of the machine is fully developed, but the part that resurrects the dead cow needs to have some bugs (uh, maybe I should use a different description) worked out.

    Another very promising technology is being developed by the Limited Options Servicing Environmental Results Corporation. Unlike any other company, what Loser Corp. has had the unique ability to see is that every time any law has ever been passed in human history the law has always achieved its intended purpose. For instance, ever since laws banning bank robbery were passed banks have never been … Um, anyway, merely from this brilliant perception Loser Corp. is confident they can provide the technology providing that a quadrillion dollars in seized bank assets …

    Another promising solution is called the ‘Let’s Destroy Our Dairy Industry’ technology …

      • You do not get milk from soy or almonds. You get juice. The only reason they call it milk is so people will drink it. Who would buy soy or almond juice? Per Lewis Black.

  9. How can California continue to impair interstate commerce like this?

    “According to a statement from … 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 …””

    Sure there is, fewer cows.

  10. Australian and New Zealand Dairy Producers will certainly be applauding Governor Jerry Brown’s massive efforts to nobble and destroy the Californian Dairy industry in the interests of an insane Climate Pipedream!

    • The New Zealand govn’t spent millions on finding ways to reduce CH4 emissions from livestock from changes in feed to actually developing “masks” to fit to the animal. The emissions of CH4 from animals, cows in particular, are from their gut via the mouth and not the other end apparently.

      Either way the whole thing is sheer madness given there is only 1800pp *BILLION* /v in the atmosphere.

  11. Rather than a food tax on the rest of the country, a more likely result will be dairy farms moving out of state.
    Another reason for producers of any type to re-examine their relationship with the state of California.
    That $15/hr minimum wage will be consumed by just food and energy before Brown is through.

  12. With respect to the governor moonbeam flatulence story, sorry but Californians got the governor they deserve. Nobody forced this jackass on them they voted him in. And in true California insanity they will probably keep voting him in.

  13. Easy law to enforce. Arrest all cows that refuse to comply. Start with Pelosi and Feinstein.

    Eugene WR Gallun

    • Unendowed with wealth or pity,
      Little birds with scarlet legs,
      Sitting on their speckled eggs,
      Eye each flu-infected city.

      Altogether elsewhere, vast
      Herds of reindeer move across
      Miles and miles of golden moss,
      Silently and very fast.

  14. “President Obama Demands Intelligence Agencies Draft Plans to Combat Climate Change”
    ‘We will take them on the beaches….
    We shall never surrendr! ‘
    Oh well :-p

  15. …Just more proof that some people should not be allowed in public without an escort ( those nice fellows in white coats) !!

  16. I want to see the CAB bureaucrats fitting out cows with catalytic converters up their buttholes. I’ll buy a ticket to watch that circus….

  17. Not only are manure digesters expensive, they are extremely smelly. Or so says this report from 2 days ago:

    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/neighbors-say-stench-from-heartland-biogas-plant-in-weld-county-is-so-bad-it-wakes-them-up-at-night

    FYI: That plant only takes manure from 2 dairies. They take in 1,100 tons of “feedstock”. In theory that includes a lot of food waste from Denver, but I have to believe its mostly manure going into that plant.

    BTW: The expensive part may not be that big of a deal in CA. Natural Gas from manure is already a valuable asset there based on existing laws.

    This article tells more about the digester. Note it was built specifically to provide RNG (natural gas from manure) to Sacramento.

    http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/21854858-113/greeley-is-home-to-north-americas-largest-renewable

  18. Putin is alleged to have said at the 100th airshow in Russia in 2012 that Russia will be spending 600 billion to lift manufacturing of “aircraft”; China’s incursion into the disputed islands and slowly by osmosis “investing” in Australian’s ports and land acquisition and terrorists causing havoc. Yet here we have Obama prattling on about global warming/climate change of a few tenths of a degree. Good God America Wake up!!!

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