Cattlemen, We Want Our Part of the CARB Cap and Trade Slush Fund

Russ Steele

Remember when I wrote about the lack of a spending plan for the Cap and Trade billions that CARB will be collecting HERE.

With no plan, every organization has the potential to tap this slush fund, including the California Cattleman’s Association.  KQED’s Climate Watch has the story:

At a rangeland summit at UC Davis last week, Tim Koopman, first vice president of the California Cattlemen’s Association, agreed that climate change is becoming a reality for ranchers. “It’s going to potentially impact our entire ecosystem that we rely on for forage production. It’s certainly going to impact all the other natural resources that we’ve worked to steward for so many years.”

But Koopman says there may be a role for ranchers in mitigating climate change. The Cattlemen’s Association joined the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition and several environmental groups in sending a letter to the California Air Resources Board last year, asking them to develop a way for rangeland to be part of California’s upcoming carbon market. Ranchers would like to sell carbon credits for managing their land in a way that sequesters carbon and for the avoided development of their land.

“In general, I think ranchers have been skeptical of AB 32,” says Koopman. “But if it’s going to be implemented, I think the rancher and landowner community would be interested in participating. It’s potentially another revenue stream that may be able to offset climate change and other factors that may hurt us.”

While the climate change maybe coming a reality for Tim Koopman, there has been no significant warming in California for 80 years, details HERE, and the public are growing less concerned about global warming, details HERE. If there has been no warming and there is declining concern, it must be the slush fund money that is prompting Kooman’s interesting in climate change.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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