DawnWatch: Glenn Beck and Atlantic Monthly cover meat and global warming 3/8/07

March 12th, 2007 1:48 pm by mad mags

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Date: Mar 11, 2007 7:53 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Glenn Beck and Atlantic Monthly cover meat and global warming 3/8/07

Late last year the UN released a report about the contribution of livestock to global warming. Whereas Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, didn’t even acknowledge the impact of livestock, most press that does acknowledge it doesn’t dare suggest that changing our eating habits would be a good way to affect global warning kann man 3ds spiele kostenlosen. The coverage in the March 2007 issue of the Atlantic Monthly magazine is fairy typical. The article reports:

“The Bovine Menace

“Forget SUVs and tractor-trailers—the world’s livestock play a larger role in global warming than all of our planes, trains, and automobiles combined, according to a report from the Livestock, Environment and Development Initiative (LEAD), an organization that promotes “ecologically sustainable livestock production systems.” Between the deforestation that’s necessary to create grazing lands, the fossil fuels required to manufacture fertilizer for the crops that feed the world’s growing livestock population, and the gases released by animal manure (and yes, animal flatulence as well), livestock are responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide. The good news: There are ways to reduce these emissions, including more efficient feed production, improved soil conservation, and a better diet for all those gassy cows herunterladen. Given that the global production of meat and milk is on track to double by 2050, livestock’s current environmental impact would need to be cut
in half just to stay within the present level of damage to the global ecosystem.

—“Livestock’s Long Shadow,” Livestock, Environment and Development Initiative, H. Steinfeld et al.”

The article is on line at http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200703/primarysources and the Atlantic Monthly takes letters at http://www.theatlantic.com/letters/edlet.htm capella 7 kostenlosen.

Always be sure not to use any comments or phrases from me or from any other alerts in your letters. Editors are looking for original responses from their readers.

On Thursday night, March 8, host Glenn Beck covered the issue on his show on CNN Headline News for his segment, “The Real Story.” You can read his summary of the issue on his website at http://www.glennbeck.com/realstory/03-08-07.shtml flyff herunterladen.

Beck makes it clear that he is not a PETA person, but that he doesn’t like hypocrisy so is publicizing this issue. In his opening comments on the issue, reprinted on his website, he says:

“In a letter to Al Gore yesterday, PETA nicely explained to him that the single best way for an individual to fight global warming is to become a vegetarian. In fact, according to the United Nations — an organization that Al Gore is usually quite fond of citing: raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world — combined wellness images for free. That’s not from PETA, that’s from the U.N.! But it’s not just them; university researchers have also determined that switching to a vegan diet has more of an impact on global warming than switching your car from a Camry to a Prius!

“Now, Al, I understand that you can’t change your carbon footprint easily — I mean, you have to travel around in a jet to all those panic speeches you give, but what about your meat footprint tinder herunterladen? If you honestly — and that’s really the key word here, ‘honestly’ — believe that global warming is THE most important issue the world faces, bigger than terrorism or AIDS or hunger, then why haven’t you started eating veggie burgers and drinking soy milk?”

On that page you can read further comments, and you can click on a link to read PETA’s letter to Gore. You can also view a short video titled “An Inconvenient Meal,” which has footage of global warming affected disasters, interspersed with shots of those politicians who champion the cause, chowing down on burgers.

You can also read the transcript of Thursday night’s show on which PETA’s Matt Prescott was interviewed. There is a glitch with that link — it points to Wednesday’s show. The correct URL is http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0703/08/gb.01.html.

If Glenn Beck gets loads of positive feedback he is more likely to have animal friendly and veg-friendly guests on in the future. Please send a quick note of appreciation. Feedback matters.

Glenn Beck take comments at me [at] glennbeck.com and says that he reads all of them, though he cannot reply to each.

My thanks to Jackie Raven for letting us know about The Atlantic article and to Jane Velez Mitchell for calling our attention to Glenn Beck’s coverage.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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