Friday, July 20, 2007

One burger - hold the meat

Japanese scientists have determined that the easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint is not to drive your car less, just stop driving it to go get a burger.

According to the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Japan, the consumption of 2.2 pounds of beef is responsible for the same amount of carbon emissions as driving your car for three hours or burning a 100 watt light bulb for 20 days.

The study states that most of the greenhouse gas emissions linked to beef are not from bovine flatulence but from the processing and trucking of cattle feed. But if farmers don't raise crops for feed, where will it all go? To the biofuel industry, most likely and someone will have to truck it all anyway, won't they?

The vegetarians were thrilled with this study, as they are with all studies linking the barbaric human habit of eating animal protein with global disaster.

This comes on the heels of the startling news that Al Gore fed a pretentious meal of Patagonian toothfish to the guests at his daughter's wedding. The environmentalists and the Humane Society were quick to attack Gore for hypocrisy in serving his guests a threatened species of fish for dinner. But, in reality, the fish Gore served were perfectly legal and not endangered. They came from a well-managed and sustainable population of toothfish and were caught in compliance with Marine Stewardship Council regulations.

Gore may not have caught onto the dangers he faces with so many fringe groups latching onto the coattails of the global warming movement. These groups' agendas have little to do with the reversal of global warming, their goals are much more narrow. He wants people to use less energy and drive hybrids. They want to eliminate the eating of meat by anyone, anywhere.

There are real and dire consequences for the world if the global warming alarmists get their way in placing restrictions on even the usage of energy by poor and developing nations who have no other resources to fall back on. But the furtherance of the agendas of radical fringe groups is a far greater danger.

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