Ronald Reagan was ridiculed mercilessly when he asserted that cow farts produced huge amounts of methane that contributed to greenhouse gas pollution. He also said that trees and plants were similarly guilty, also to much ridicule. Including from me.
Now comes word that he was right all along. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Moonbeam) has signed legislation that seeks to control cow farts.
Despite strong opposition from farmers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that for the first time regulates heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills.
Cattle and other farm animals are major sources of methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. Methane is released when they belch, pass gas and make manure.
"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.
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