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February 20, 2007

Global Warming Cultists May Go After Our Food

Posted by Dave Blount at February 20, 2007 8:11 AM

The global warming flimflam is a Trojan horse for any number of left-wing causes, including raising taxes, increasing bureaucratic control, hobbling the USA, sticking it to big business, arresting economic development so as to keep people poor, getting people out of their own cars where they have too much independence, etc. Here's another to add to the list: it could be exploited to prevent people from eating the meat that is an essential component of a healthy diet.

After all, livestock produces more greenhouse gasses than transportation, according to the ever trustworthy United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization.

This is due not only to cows blasting gas like Rosie O'Donnell after a trip to Taco Bell, but to deforestation used to expand pastures, and energy used to produce fertilizers, run slaughterhouses, run meat-packing plants, pump water, chew the food in you mouth, etc., etc. A similar approach might prove that gardening or crochet causes global warming — if that's what the UN's insidious bureauweenies wanted to conclude.

Intoned senior FAO author Henning Steinfeld:

Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems.

Livestock is said to produce 9% of all CO2 emissions, 37% of methane, and 65% of nitrous oxide. Rosie is presumably another big contributor of methane, which has 23 times the global warming potential of CO2, making it even more deadly than water vapor.

One excuse for pretending that livestock is now a problem when it never was before is that increased prosperity has allowed people around the world to eat more meat, underscoring the economics of the War on Weather, which can be summed up as: prosperity is bad.

Unsurprisingly, animal rights kooks seized on the report. Scribbles Noam Mohr in a report for Earth Save International:

Arguably the best way to reduce global warming in our lifetimes is to reduce or eliminate our consumption of animal products.

As we learn once again, Al Gore et al.'s War on Weather is actually a War on Humanity on behalf of moonbat ideology.

Rosie makes a methane contribution.