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EPA’s carbon dioxide emission rules should apply to meat industry, too

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Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 4:30 am

To the Editor:

I am delighted that EPA has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the agency should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations.

Each state could than determine its own optimal strategy for curbing greenhouse gases. A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat production accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases.

A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that the contribution may be closer to 50 percent.

The meat industry generates carbon dioxide by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport and slaughter animals.

The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

In the meantime, each of us can reduce the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat.

Our local supermarket offers a rich variety of plant-based lunch meats, hotdogs, veggie burgers and dairy product alternatives, as well as ample selection of vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. Product lists, easy recipes and transition tips are readily available online.

Kelvin Tinker

Killeen

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3 comments:

  • Roody2 posted at 11:45 am on Sat, Jun 21, 2014.

    Roody2 Posts: 253

    Tinker, it's a brilliant plan.

    Put our "meat" industry out of business via government regulations and over taxation so we can finally have clean air and water.

    Then, all those people who had jobs linked to the "meat" industry will be unemployed. They will be so broke they won't be buying meat, driving around in their oil burning cars and using all that carbon energy in their homes.

    After all, it worked with all our factory jobs. (Ignore the fact China is utilizing them now and they live on the same planet we do.)

    Ignore that the produce is grown in fields that once had trees... and, they use all those pesticides (and synthetic fertilizers) that are harmful to the environment (and our health)... and, the detriment caused by the unnatural irrigation of the fields... and, all the animals who died (causing our ecosystem to become unbalanced) when their habitat was taken away by the fields of produce... and, that the produce is being transferred using the same oil burning trucks they were using to transport the meat.

    Yep, it makes perfect sense. I'm with you on this one.

    But, I have a beef skirt ready for the grill for supper tonight. I'll have to start trying to save the world tomorrow.

     
  • Momto4 posted at 9:42 am on Sat, Jun 21, 2014.

    Momto4 Posts: 2

    I am always interested in what Kelvin Tinker has to say about the "in his opinion" miraculous benefits" the rest of us uninformed readers will realize when we finally turn away from eating meat and animal by-products and embrace a vegan diet. Today's offering was especially enlightening and actually quite entertaining. In his letter to the editor, he suggested that the meat industry contributes to close to 50 percent of the man-made greenhouse gasses that are damaging our planet. These gasses emanate from the animal digestive tracts and waste cesspools. Gross to think about, I know. But then he digressed into the comical when he suggested that "each of us can reduce the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat." Did he never eat at Chipotle or any of our other local restaurants with a "bean heavy" menu? And let us not forget the well proven and widely recognized impact that vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and other vegetables have on the human digestive system. What does he think "Beano" is for? To target and eliminate the disastrous side effects that these well-loved non-meat products have on the environment. Kelvin suggests that by eating more of these vegetables and plant based meats, we can reduce the devastating effects of climate change. I submit that it is a zero-sum game. There are far more people than animals in the world's meat-producing industrial complex. If every human being gave up meat and in its stead ate beans and leafy green vegetables, the makers of Beano and other gas-reducing over-the-counter remedies would raise their hands in joy, but the rest of us would have to hold our noses in defense of the devastating side effects of this diet or be forced to ingest a plethora of man-made chemicals designed to make us "safe to be around". Personally, I like to eat a steak or pork chop every now and again. And I like pinto and black beans, but I don't want to be around my husband in an enclosed space when we go out for Mexican food. The damage done to the atmosphere is nothing short of catastrophic. I cannot imagine what it must be like in the Tinker household!

     
  • Bubba posted at 9:26 am on Sat, Jun 21, 2014.

    Bubba Posts: 694

    Here's our bi-weekly letter from that cherished source that always seems to get printed warning us about "climate change" and the evil deeds of mankind.

    Another wild, unsubstantiated letter full of nonsense peddled by a cabal of exposed liars, crooks, thieves, and con men, swallowed whole by the author here and obviously the editors of this paper.

    The truths are that the US government is out of control, and the EPA is one of those agencies that needs to be defunded and shut down, to stop their campaign against US businesses and others who are suffering from their out-of-control actions. There is no such thing as "climate change", or whatever they are calling it this week; it's a hoax and that has been proven repeatedly by actual scientists. Lastly, the Earth is a self-cleaning planet and there is no amount of "green house gasses" mankind can produce that will adversely affect our atmosphere. CO2 comprises less than one percent of our atmosphere, and every second grader in Texas knows it. The Earth heats up and cools down all by itself, and this has been proven by actual scientists.

    So please spare us this nonsense and enjoy your steak.

     

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