"Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Diet Change Beats Car Switch
The folks at PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, are calling out Al Gore, saying if he really wants to fight global warming, he should become a vegetarian.
PETA has sent Gore a letter saying giving up meat is the quickest and most effective way to combat climate change because the meat industry is one of the most significant sources of environmental damage.
PETA claims, "raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined." And, it says, researchers have determined that switching to a vegan diet is more effective against global warming than switching from a standard American car to a Toyota Prius hybrid.
Glenn Beck had a blast with this story today.
If you believe so strongly in man made global warming that you advocate an end to internal combustion engines (well , not YOURS, of course, just other peoples cars and SUV's). Then you must skip the Sierra Club's BBQ , and subsist on soy to lower your "Carbon Footprint"
Glenn is looking for photos of self-righteous "green" celebrities eating meat.
Cnn Archives MUST have video of this: Al Gore grilling burgers !
photo at: http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/9807/02/barbeque/
July 2, 1998
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Al Gore came well prepared for this "grilling" before reporters. He carried a spatula and meat thermometer. Then he flipped a few burgers Thursday while reminding people to cook meat carefully at their Independence Day barbecues.
"Don't let avoidable foodborne illness endanger life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," Gore said, paraphrasing the Declaration of Independence.....
.......Guided by Bessie Berry, head of the toll-free Meat and Poultry Hotline, Gore and Glickman used a pair of thermometers to check the "doneness" of thick burgers, bulging sausages, chicken breasts and pork chops. Afterward, they served platters of burgers in buns to four tables of diners.
The meat-rich meal was served two hours after the government released an update of its Healthy Eating Index that showed only 12 percent of Americans had a diet that could be considered good. Most Americans need to eat more fruits, vegetables and milk and to consume less meat and sodium.
Aware of the frequent recommendations to eat less meat, Gore replied to a question about nutrition:
"You didn't see the asterisk. The Fourth of July being a time to grill out."
"Grill out and chill out," he concluded to whoops from the hand-selected audience of government and meat industry officials. Safe Summer Grilling
Caption: (L to R) Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, Meat and Poultry Hotline Manager Bessie Berry, and Vice President Al Gore presented tips to promote safe handling and grilling of meat and poultry during the summer.