As CoP28 climate conferences focuses on cows, the EPA is now targeting methane (a by-product of cattle digestion) and considering new effluent rules on meat industry.
As the countdown to Nov. 5, 2024, has begun, it is important to note Biden’s poll numbers look as pale and sickly as be does.
November started with New York Times/Siena College polls showing Trump ahead in four of the six swing states, but more indicators of Biden’s electoral peril soon followed. The president’s standing in head-to-head matchups with Trump is falling: Among the latest surveys this month from 13 separate pollsters, Biden’s position is worse than their previous polls in all but two of them.
And while polls suggest most of the movement comes from voters abandoning Biden — who might become undecided but not swing to supporting Trump — the Republican has also started to gain steam. Trump’s vote share in the national polling average is higher now than at any point in the past year.
Question: If you are a woke, eco-activist bureaucrat looking at the future, what might you do?
Answer: Double down on destruction.
This theory may explain some recent moves by the Biden Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
To begin with, the EPA is launching new regulations targeting methane emissions.
The rule’s 3 a.m. rollout was timed to coincide with the ongoing U.N. climate talks in Dubai, where the U.S. has sought to play a leading role in global efforts to reduce emissions of the powerful planet-heating gas. But its biggest test will be in the legal arena at home, where conservatives on the Supreme Court have slapped down regulations the justices viewed as White House overreach.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan in a statement called the rule a “strong action” that “significantly” curbs methane pollution.
However, the gas and oil industry is not the major emitter of methane: Agriculture is.
The Global Methane Budget synthesizes results from top-down studies and bottom-up estimates to provide global figures for methane emissions from 2008 to 2017. The largest source of anthropogenic methane emissions is agriculture, responsible for around one quarter of emissions, closely followed by the energy sector, which includes emissions from coal, oil, natural gas and biofuels.
So this move signals that methane will join carbon dioxide as another enemy gas. Eventually, because cows generate methane as part of their digestive cattle ranches and dairy farms are likely to be targeted as part of the “War on Meat”.
In fact, today is “Cow Day” at the United Nations climate conference in Dubai:
Global food systems- including farming and land use, livestock production, household food consumption and waste, and energy used in the farm and food retail sectors – account for 31% of human-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
But few governments have ever published numeric targets for lowering those emissions, focusing instead mostly on the use of fossil fuels for power, transport and industry, according to climate advocates.
“Business as usual food systems would use nearly the whole carbon budget for a 2-degree Celsius world. We need to implement food systems approaches throughout COP28,” said Joao Campari, global leader of food practice at the World Wildlife Fund.
And if the agency can’t target meat using air pollution rules, it may do so via water pollution rules.
As the intended date for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish its proposed new wastewater regulations nears, meat industry stakeholders and legislators continue to press the agency to consider small processors in its rule.
Eight Republican senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan in early November, asking him to ensure small meat processors were being fairly considered under proposed revisions to the Meat and Poultry Products (MPP) Effluent Guidelines and Standards.
“As you know, small to mid-sized meat and poultry processing facilities have a vital role in the economy,” the senators wrote. “This was proven throughout the COVID-19 pandemic when these facilities remained open while large facilities were closed. Additionally, many federal resources have been used to expand meatpacking capacity, so we need to ensure that these very small and small facilities do not face regulations that will force them to close.”
Ten years ago, I don’t think the Dutch and Irish cattle herders and farmers were worried about their country imposing regulations that would destroy the livelihoods and important sources of the nation’s food supply. The recent moves by the EPA must be taken seriously as a potential threat to our agriculture, the American diet, and our freedoms to choose…especially what we eat.
They are telling you to not eat meat to reduce your carbon footprint. Meanwhile … they arrive on private jets at their latest international conference in Dubai.
I wonder what's on the menu?
Bugs or Wagyu beef? https://t.co/hTsDKT4FSK
— Wall Street Silver (@WallStreetSilv) November 30, 2023
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