California legislators consider reducing methane emissions from gassy cows

By Gabrielle Karol, KXTV abc10. 

Everyone poops – and burps and farts. When cows do it, though, it’s a problem, and California is looking for cows to cut back.

A proposed strategy from the California Air Resources Board seeks to reduce methane emissions from the dairy industry by more than 40 percent by 2030. The dairy and livestock industry creates half of California’s methane emissions. Breaking it down further, half of those emissions come from cows’ belching and passing gas, while the other half comes from manure management.

Two California senate bills moving through the legislature would require the Air Resources Board to start putting in place strategies to achieve this reduction in methane and other greenhouse gases. But many dairy producers are pushing back, arguing that the mandated reductions would be unachievable.