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July 27, 2008

Meat’s role in global warming

Recently former Vice President Al Gore called for a 10-year plan to move the nation’s entire energy supply to solar, wind, and other renewable sources (7/18, A-5, “Gore urges 2018 goal of carbon-free energy”). But he failed to address the massive role of meat production in the global climate crisis.

A 2006 report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization found that animal agriculture accounts for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. That’s more than automobiles. It is also a major cause of land and water degradation.

Carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to operate factory farm and slaughterhouse machinery, trucks and refrigeration equipment. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

Each of us can do our part now to reduce global warming. Our local supermarkets stock a rich variety of soy-based lunch “meats,” hot dogs, veggie burgers, dairy products and ready-to-eat frozen dinners. Did I mention the cornucopia of fruits and vegetables that have always been readily available to us?

More details are at www.tryveg.com.

Everett Donley
Kansas City

Comments

Pub 17

Unbelievable. This is like talking to my great-grandmother about the flying saucers she firmly believed flew in and out of the hollow earth through holes at the North and South Poles.

Engineer

Pub 17
As the theory about brain growth is accepted by many, that is undoubtedly true. In any event, can you give me a link that disputes the fact that brain growth occurred after we came down from the trees? And I insist that brain growth did occur, despite the strong, contrary evidence provided by Harry and Nancy.

Pub 17

Engineer
It's not my nature to be rude, believe it or not, but once again this discussion has verged into the surreal. You've just delivered yourself of the anthropological equivalent of your proposal that Bush's tax cuts saved the country from the Clinton slump.

Engineer

Pub 17
It was after we came sown from the trees that we started eating meat. When we did this our brains started to grow. You might say that this brain growth is what has caused all if the earth's woes. Perhaps if we give up meat the race will go back over the path, all will become liberals and we can return to the caves and then the trees. But seriously we need protean for tissue growth and the best or at least the most readily available source of the necessary protean is meat.

Pub 17

You left in the ashtray in your V-10 F-350.

Rogue

17 Pubes, I'll worry about my aorta, and I suggest you do the same. Besides who the hell wants to live forever under a President Osama Yomama????

Crap, bring me another steak, and refresh my martini......Where did I put my cigar?

Pub 17

Rogue, I understand that I'll have to pry your cold dead fingers off your T-Bone. Fortunately, given what it's doing to your aorta, that won't be a problem.

Marctnts

A few days ago I watched an episode of Penn & Teller's Bullsh*t focusing on "green guilt". The discussion, which I found interesting, focused on the use of guilt to manipulate the public into environmental activism.

They also brought up a few other facts which I found interesting, and based upon the limited research I've done since viewing the episode, appear to be correct.

-Human activity is responsible for about 3% of total C02 emissions. The biggest culprits are plant decay, volcanoes, and forest fires.

-Al Gore, the "father of the movement", uses about 20 times the amount of energy of a typical person.

-In order to clear his conscience, Mr. Gore buys "carbon credits" to offset his footprint. The catch, he buys most of them from a company called Generation Investment Management, of which he is a founder and owner. Basically, he pays himself for using so much.

-Generation Investment Management was founded by Mr. Gore about two years before producing "An Inconvenient Truth". Like many of the "prophets" of the movement, he stands to gain a lot from continued hysteria.

I tend to agree with the conclusion of the episode. We know the planet is getting warmer, but we don't know the extent to which this is the responsibility of human activity. The history of our planet is full of cycles of warming and cooling. We shouldn't allow ourselves to be made to feel guilty about our standard of living, especially by those who seek to profit off of this feeling of guilt.

Gary

"Carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas": wrong - it's water vapor, by far.

Rogue

BTW Everett, keep you GD hands off my T-Bone, unless you want to lose them! What a moonbat.

T. Hanson

Humans are omnivores, which is a cross between carnivores and herbivores. We are meant by nature to eat meat and vegs, therefore our mouth and digestive track was created for this matter. Nature I am sure is much more effected by cars, coal plants, volcanoes, tilt on the axis more than a cow fart.

Rogue

Now here is a guy that is right down the alley of 17 Pubes and jack (leg), I mean he speaks their language perfectly!

jack

If it's soy, it ain't meat. What we really need is fartless cows. Can't we issue some government research contracts to develop "gasless meat"?

 
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