Headline I Never Thought I’d See

This is not from The Onion. From the CBS News affiliate in San Francisco:

Cow Fart Regulations Approved By California’s Legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) — 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.

Some queries: Does this mandated reduction in noxious and smelly emissions apply to the speeches of politicians, or did they exempt themselves as usual? Second, just what is the control technology for this source of emissions? Love to see what kind of catalytic converter you can attach to a cow’s backside.

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