Global warming on the table; give Barbara Boxer a piece of your veggie mind
- Global warming on the table; give Barbara Boxer a piece of your veggie mind
I sent the following message in the area where citizens are
encouraged to state their views. I centered on the connection between
livestock and climate change.
A major cause of global warming, we've recently learned, is
livestock. We need to mount an education campaign about it. People
need to understand that the world's livestock emit more greenhouse
gases than the world's transport vehicles, as per the FOA/UN, see
document: "Livestock's Long Shadow," a 400-page report (Nov. 2006).
Methane and Nitrous Oxide, the gasses primarily emitted by livestock,
are sent into the atmosphere in smaller amounts than CO2, but both
are much more potent. Scientists say that conquering these two
anthropogenic gases, by reducing the amount of livestock, we can make
faster inroads in the fight against climate change -- faster than if
we just concentrated on vehicles emissions alone. There are many
other reasons besides climate change that people would be better off
eating lower on the food chain.
Following is some background information on the new development in
government since the November elections. Boxer is committed to acting
on climate issues. So, we need to educate her.
AP news story follows.
Nov. 09, 2006
Boxer pledges shift on global warming policy with new Senate role
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sen. Barbara Boxer on Thursday promised major
policy shifts on global warming, air quality and toxic-waste cleanup
as she prepares to head the U.S. Senate's environmental committee.
"Time is running out, and we need to move forward on this," Boxer
said of global warming during a conference call with reporters. "The
states are beginning to take steps, and we need to take steps as
Boxer's elevation to chairwoman of the Senate Environmental Public
Works Committee comes as the Democrats return to power in the Senate.
It also marks a dramatic shift in ideology for the panel.
The California Democrat is one of the Senate's most liberal members
and replaces one of the most conservative senators, Republican James
Inhofe of Oklahoma. Inhofe had blocked bills seeking to cut the
greenhouse gases contributing to global warming, calling the issue
"the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people."