The hypocrisy of those who champion the human-induced global warming scenario is something that never seems to get enough press. I am not talking about the millions of dollars that Al Gore stands to make dealing in carbon trading or his enormous carbon footprint. Those are fun to point out but the real hypocrisy is with the multitudes that follow the supposed sage advice of the UN, the IPCC and the FAO. More specifically, I am talking about those who look at us “deniers” as a dangerous mob because we demand empirical evidence for their outrageous claims yet in their daily lives they unknowingly mock the AGW religion to which they belong.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a report in conjunction with the IPCC’s last assessment on climate change and in that report they point out that meat production is one of the major contributors to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. According to these experts, the livestock industry contributes more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than does all the planes, the trains, the automobiles, the boats, motorcycles, buses and trucks combined! In terms of percentages, the livestock industry contributes over 40% more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than does the entire global transportation industry. (1)
I wonder how many of those climate change conferences feature dinners where meat is served. I wonder how many individuals who look upon us with scorn habitually serve up plates of dead animals at the dinner table. The global warming crowd has painted itself into a corner because the very same people who have convinced them that human-induced global warming is upon us have now pointed the finger of blame more specifically on human consumption of meat.
Think about this hypocrisy the next time you see a hybrid in the parking lot at your local McDonalds.
By the way, the IPCC’s chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, has embraced this report and has been a vocal advocate for vegetarianism. His solution to dealing with the climate change caused by meat consumption should come as no surprise. He said, “If there were a global price on carbon perhaps the price of meat would go up and people would eat less.” (2) That’s right; he advocates a carbon tax on your hamburger! He advocates a tax so large that consumers would refrain from eating meat.
- The full report, “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” can be downloaded here: ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/010/a0701e/a0701e00.pdf
- “Shun meat, says UN Climate Chief.” BBC news, Sept. 7, 2008.