Daniel Goldberg of Oxnard, the 24-year-old Adam Sandler-lookalike seeking the Republican nomination in the 35th Assembly District, is a third-generation flower farmer.
Most of the flowers grown at the family's Oxnard and Santa Maria ranches are raised in open-ended, plastic-covered structures that most folks would call greenhouses. But Goldberg tells me he's stopped using that word when selling his wares at farmers' markets because, well, somehow global warming has given greenhouses a bad name. He refers to them as "hoop houses," which seems to allay some purchasers' fears about buying flowers from that have been grown under conditions that must somehow be bad for the environment.
Problem is, the "greenhouse effect" is merely a metaphor to describe the effects of carbon dioxide and other gases on the Earth's atmosphere. It's called the greenhouse effect because these gases serve the same function as the glass panes on a greenhouse -- they let in the sun's warming shorter-wavelength radiation, but trap the longer-wavelength radiation reflecting off the Earth's surface and keep much of it from escaping the atmosphere.
Global warming has absolutely nothing to do with actual greenhouses. They are designed to trap in heat for the good of the plants (which actually absorb the real greenhouse gases, but that's another story). Inside a greenhouse, the greenhouse effect is a good thing.
Maybe if Goldberg wins, having a flower farmer in the Legislature could help sort out such ill-informed confusion.