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UK university bans beef burgers to help save the planet

August 15, 2019

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YEN MAKABENTA

First word

WE do not hear anymore US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez railing against cow farts or cattle flatulence, and their supposed impact on the earth’s climate. In recent weeks, the climate alarmist and main author of the Green New Deal, has retreated from her gospel of gustatory austerity (beef against beef) and her vision of environmental reform.

She may have retreated too soon. Strangely, her anti-bovine crusade has resonated in, of all places, William Shakespeare’s “royal throne of kings, and sceptered isle” — England.

As if to demonstrate that England is still a land of eccentrics, a university in London and the United Kingdom has announced that it will “ban beef burgers as part of efforts to tackle the climate emergency.”

Report from London

PA media, UK news reported the following on August 12:

“Goldsmiths, University of London, said it will remove all beef products from sale from next month as the institution attempts to become carbon-neutral by 2025.

“Students will also face a 10 pence (12cents) levy on bottles of water and single-use plastic cups when the academic year starts to discourage use of the products.

“The college’s new Warden, Professor Frances Corner, said staff and students ‘care passionately about the future of our environment’ and that ‘declaring a climate emergency cannot be empty words.’

“The move has been backed by Goldsmiths Students’ Union, with President Joe Leam saying that the university has a ‘huge carbon footprint’ and that the promise to eradicate this in the next few years is needed.

“As well as the beef ban and 10p levy on single-use water bottles and plastic cups, there are plans to install more solar panels across the college’s New Cross campus in southeast London and switch to a 100 percent clean energy supplier as soon as possible.

“Officials said Goldsmiths will also continue to invest in its allotment area and identify other places where planting could help to absorb carbon dioxide, and will review how all students can access modules which cover climate change and the role of both individuals and organizations in reducing carbon emissions.

“Corner said: ‘The growing global call for organizations to take seriously their responsibilities for halting climate change is impossible to ignore…Declaring a climate emergency cannot be empty words. I truly believe we face a defining moment in global history and Goldsmiths now stands shoulder to shoulder with other organizations willing to call the alarm and take urgent action to cut carbon use.’

“Goldsmiths emits around 3.7 million kg of carbon emissions each year, the college said.

“Referring to the statistic in a blog, Leam said: ‘It is clear our university has a huge carbon footprint. The promise to have ended this by 2030 at the latest, with the hope of doing so by 2025, is one which is needed.

“‘While this plan/action is only the beginning, and much work is yet to be done, it is fantastic to see Goldsmiths taking responsibility and responding to its impact on the climate.’

“Invoking the words of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, ‘Our house is on fire,’ Leam added: ‘I believe Frances Corner and the university management are realizing this and making these changes to put their part of the house fire out.’

“Rosie Rogers, climate emergency campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said: ‘It’s encouraging to see an institution like Goldsmiths not simply declaring a climate emergency, but acting on it…We call on others to urgently follow suit, and to include cutting all ties from fossil fuel funding in their climate emergency response.’”

What is Goldsmiths?

Goldsmiths, University of London, is a public research university in London, UK, specializing in the arts, design, humanities and social sciences. It is a constituent college of the University of London. It was founded in 1891 as Goldsmiths’ Technical and Recreative Institute by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in New Cross, London. It was acquired by the University of London in 1904 and was renamed Goldsmiths’ College. The word College was dropped from its branding in 2006, but Goldsmiths’ College, with the apostrophe, remains the institution’s formal legal name.

Nearly 20 percent of students come from outside the UK, and 52 percent of all undergraduates are mature students (aged 21 or over at the start of their studies). Around a third of students at Goldsmiths are postgraduate students.

Cows innocent of carbon pollution

The strange thing about this development in England is that Ocasio-Cortez, who originated the attack on cattle, appears well on the way to abandoning her beef against beef.

The congresswoman has been forced to backtrack by the backlash and criticism that her vision for environmental reform amounts to a de facto ban on beef.

Ocasio-Cortez introduced in the US Congress the non-binding resolution, which she co-introduced with Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey last February 7.

In recent weeks, she has backed down from her talking point about cow farts, and their role in climate change. The politician’s public stance on ruminant flatulence has evolved out of deference to facts supplied by a member of the scientific community.

The turnaround began with the release of a fact sheet outlining the much-debated resolution’s key points. Shortly after Ocasio-Cortez’s office released the document, it said it was a draft published by mistake, and retracted it. By then, she was already getting dragged for some of its proposals. The very public resistance increased over the past month.

Some of the fact sheet’s most controversial language, it turned out, wasn’t about planet-warming carbon dioxide — the kind released when fossil fuels like gasoline, coal and oil are burned — but methane, specifically the kind that comes from animal digestion. The since-deleted document proposed a goal of taking America carbon-neutral in 10 years, noting that a more aggressive timeline isn’t possible because “we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.”

In a crucial sense therefore, Goldsmiths is barking at the wrong tree with its ban on beef burgers and beef products. The cows are innocent of carbon pollution.

Who will go nuts first?

This entire affair reinforces my belief that the fundamental falsity of global warming and the climate hysteria will repeatedly lead the alarmists into the ditch or worse.

I sometimes wonder: who will go nuts first as the apocalypse collapses on itself?

Banning burgers is really nuts. Between hamburgers and the United Nations, people will vote for burgers.

The UN secretary-general may be the leading candidate for the loony bin.

The saving grace here at least is that Secretary-General Guterres did not wage this foolish war against beef burgers.

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