California’s image as a “green” policy trendsetter belies the reality that its system of environmental laws and regulations imposes costs on businesses disproportionate to those of many other states. In addition to claims that it is plagued by conflicting and duplicative regulations, it has at times also pursued costly policies based on what was later revealed to be flawed or incomplete science.
In many ways, the case of California farmers and agricultural businesses is a prime example. After decades of comparably light environmental regulation -at least in relation to other state industries- farmers in recent years have faced a sudden spate of new laws and rules targeting their impact on the state’s environment, which is beset by some of the worst air quality in the nation, as well as groundwater in many areas that has been contaminated by chemicals linked to agriculture.
This three-part video series focuses on the unsustainability of California's green regulations. For part one, go to: California’s green regulations remain unsustainable. For part two, go to: Green regulations often duplicative and burdensome
Also, to read Paul Jones' accompanying article, please see: Unsustainable: The problem with California’s green regulations.