Global Warming Follies


I guess PETA’s now giving out grants

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on February 16, 2009

What else explains this bit from our liberal friends at the AFP?

Hamburgers are the Hummers of food in global warming, scientists say.
Simply switching from steak to salad could cut as much carbon as leaving the car at home a couple days a week. 

[…]

By looking at everything from how much grain a cow eats before it is ready for slaughter to the emissions released by manure, they are getting a clearer idea of the true costs of food.

Notice how we neatly get from 1) the assumption that “global warming” is happening, to 2) carbon is causing it, to 3) your choice in food is “costing” too much.

It is a safe bet that, soon, the idea that you can independently choose what you will eat everyday will no longer be “operable”. That choice, whether through taxation or regulation will be made by those much smarter than you.  … say Algore or Barack Obama. You know, those people who will “help” you make the “right” decision. Because they know, much more than you do, what’s good for the entire planet.

Think not? Keep reading:

“Given the projected doubling of (global) meat production by 2050, we’re going to have to cut our emissions by half just to maintain current levels,” Pelletier said.

“Technical improvements are not going to get us there.”

That’s why changing the kinds of food people eat is so important, said Chris Weber, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania.

[…]

“Switching to no red meat and no dairy products is the equivalent of (cutting out) 8,100 miles driven in a car … that gets 25 miles to the gallon,” Weber said in an interview following the symposium.

It will start with “suggestions” of how to eat “right”. When that doesn’t work, as, of course,  it won’t, then will come the higher taxes to “discourage” you from eating meat. When that isn’t enough, regulations will come to restrict production. With higher taxes and demand outstripping supply, prices will rise. That $5 burger will ultimately cost you $20. All in the name of a globe that isn’t warming.

Helpfully the AFP ends its “news” article with this:

For more information on how to eat a low carbon diet, visit www.eatlowcarbon.org

Good thing the press isn’t in the tank for this crowd.  …right.

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