Sunday, June 11, 2017

The climate is good business. Starting up new methods of business is growth.

I spent a summer on Eastern Lake Ontario in New York State. It is beautiful and the fish are healthy, but, the farming is incredible. The tractors are huge, their cow herds enormous and the dedication of the farmers is not to be under estimated.

Changing the methods of energy will make a considerable difference in the emissions of greenhouse gases. 

Whether or not the farmers in New York State seek to change the level of methane emissions is up to them. It might make their enterprises work better with healthier cows and perhaps higher milk production. It certainly should be explored.

New York, NY - June 5, 2017 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (click here) announced today the release of a comprehensive strategic plan to help farms across New York State cut energy costs and usage while accelerating the use of clean energy for more sustainable and profitable farming operations. The new state Clean Energy for Agriculture Task Force Strategic Plan will help New York achieve these clean energy goals and it supports the Governor’s ambitious Reforming the Energy Vision and Clean Energy Standard as the state also Moves closer to reducing 40 percent of its harmful greenhouse gas emissions based on 1990 levels by 2030.
Complementing today’s announcement was the creation of the Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) Consortium, a public-private consortium including RPI, Cornell University and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), to transform the way greenhouses operate....

...Livestock and agricultural activities at New York’s nearly 36,000 farms account for nearly three percent of the State’s greenhouse gas emissions. Agriculture covers approximately 25 percent of land use in the State. Greater use of clean energy practices by farms can further reduce their greenhouse gas impacts and energy costs while building on the State’s efforts to promote environmentally sustainable practices.
Those efforts include several programs administered by the Department of Agriculture and Markets to minimize the environmental impact of New York farms, address water and soil quality and lower costs. Since 2011, approximately $2.5 million has been awarded through the Climate Resilient Farming grant program, to help farmers reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for and better manage impacts of climate change. In addition, the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program has dedicated nearly $80 million over the last five years to address water and soil quality on farms.
Greenhouses, which cover 720 acres in New York State, extend the growing season and protect crops and other plants from harsh weather conditions. They are particularly electricity-intensive compared to other types of buildings. GLASE aims to reduce their electricity use by 70 percent and increase crop yields [by what year?...