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  •  Just do the math (5+ / 0-)

    Or at least make an attempt to defend what you're claiming. Or read the IPCC reports on agriculture.

    There are 1.3 billion cattle on the planet. 96 million of them (about 7%) are in the US. Less than 50% of atmospheric methane comes from cattle. That means if we got rid of all of our cattle, methane emissions would drop by around 4%. We import some beef, but not enough to push those numbers to where they're significant.

    OTOH, India, which has only 4% of the world's meat consumption has 216 million cattle - more than twice as many as in the US. Even if India stopped eating meat entirely, they'd still produce more methane than the carnivorous US.

    This is purely a religious argument, without any quantitative or scientific basis.

    No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up - Lily Tomlin

    by badger on Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 05:41:49 PM PDT

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