Wednesday, March 31, 2010

QOTD Ending a Long-Standing JOTD

From the March 23rd Washington Times:
Forget all that indecorous talk of animal flatulence, cow burps, vegetarianism and global warming. Welcome to Cowgate.

Lower consumption of meat and dairy products will not have a major impact in combating global warming -- despite persistent claims that link such diets to more greenhouse gases. So says a report presented Monday before the American Chemical Society.

It is the bovine version of Climategate, complete with faulty science and noisy activists with big agendas.

Cows and pigs have gotten a "bum rap," said Frank Mitloehner, an air quality expert at the University of California at Davis who authored the report. He is plenty critical of scientists and vegetarian activists such as Paul McCartney who insist that livestock account for about a fifth of all greenhouse-gas emissions.

He also is critical of highly-publicized campaigns that call for "meatless Mondays" or push the motto "Less Meat = Less Heat," a European campaign launched in December during the Copenhagen climate summit. Talk of pricey air pollution permits of a "cow tax" for already cash-strapped farmers has surfaced in the U.S. and abroad.

Mr. Mitloehner said the claims that livestock are to blame for global warming are both "scientifically inaccurate" and a dangerous distraction from more important issues.
(via Moonbattery)

1 comment:

Assistant Village Idiot said...

"...both "scientifically inaccurate" and a dangerous distraction from more important issues."

That depends on what you define as important. If having a livable environment is important, then eating cows is well down the list of things deserving of our time. But if your goal is to make other people be like you and be encouraged by governments to endorse your values, then this makes perfect sense.

To be Top Tribe, acknowledged as most important and most moral, is once of the central goals of progressives.