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  •  No it's not (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    Cattle only produce a small fraction of methane (CH4) compared to carbon dioxide (CO2) produced from burning fuel.

    The key is the methane IS MUCH MORE POTENT than carbon dioxide in mediated the green house effect.

    In reality this is a totally important point, not a meaningless nuance as you suggest.    And definitely not "technically accurate" (unless by "technically accurate" you're willing to accept a 20-fold fudge factor).

    •  The problem is not just the methane (2+ / 0-)
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      PeterHug, Creosote

      The problem is that growing crops to feed livestock is incredibly resource intensive and puts out a lot of carbon.  Methane from cows is just a part of that.

      •  But cattle (and sheep, and goats) can be raised (0+ / 0-)

        on pasture, on land that is too sloped, too rocky, or too dry to raise crops.  Grain-feeding of livestock was promoted to use up surpluses of grain, not because the animals required it.

        Renewable energy brings national global security.     

        by Calamity Jean on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 10:20:14 AM PST

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