Phony Story is Red Meat for Climate Deniers

April 26, 2021

So this got a lot of retweets.

The moral of the story here is that, nothing will throw a 4 year old, or a Fox News viewer, into a tantrum faster than suggesting that eating their vegetables would be good for them. (any picture of the crowd at Trump rallies confirms)
But, nonetheless that is not a part of the Biden Climate plan.

Raw Story:

Former Trump official and Fox Business host Larry Kudlow attempted to attack Biden’s position.

Although Biden is not backing the “Green New Deal” pushed by progressives, Kudlow attempted to conflate the two by using the phrase “Biden’s Green New Deal.”

In an attempt to gin up fear, uncertainty and doubt about Biden’s proposals, Kudlow discussed the topic of stupidity.

“Speaking of stupid, there’s a study coming out of the University of Michigan which says that to meet the Biden Green New Deal targets, America has to, get this, America has to stop eating meat, stop eating poultry and fish, seafood, eggs, dairy, and animal-based fats,” Kudlow said. “Ok, got that? No burger on July 4. No steaks on the barbecue. I’m sure Middle America is just going to love that. Can you grill those Brussels sprouts? So get ready.”

Then Kudlow inadvertently broadcast his own stupidity.

“You can throw back a plant-based beer with your grilled Brussels sprouts and wave your American flag. Call it July 4th Green,” Kudlow argued.

Twitter took it from there.

Business Insider:

Kudlow neglected to mention that beer is made from water, grain, hops, and yeast — not meat. 

The Fox News host expressed his unhappiness with Biden’s announcement during the Earth Day summit that he would halve the US’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to address the looming climate emergency. That would more than double what the US agreed to when Biden re-joined the Paris climate agreement, which former President Donald Trump withdrew from in 2017.

But Kudlow objected to Biden’s climate goals, saying it would “wreck the fossil fuel sector.” He also said that Biden’s plan would mandate that Americans stop eating meat — an untrue claim

Other conservatives also expressed their consternation at the idea of cutting meat from their diets, despite no one asking them to do so.

GOP lawmakers Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert tweeted the false claims, with Boebert objecting to the idea of “cutting 90% of red meat from (her) diet” and telling Biden to “stay out of (her) kitchen. Meanwhile, Greene tweeted a reference to the misleading information, writing “The Hamburglar” and pairing her post with a shot of Biden eating a hamburger.

The reason bogus stories like this get so much traction in right wing social media, is not accidental. It’s a business model. See CNN interview below explaining.

More twitter responses:


7 Responses to “Phony Story is Red Meat for Climate Deniers”

  1. neilrieck Says:

    Remember that this is a group of people that know very little science

  2. ubrew12 Says:

    “Kudlow objected to Biden’s climate goals, saying it would “wreck the fossil fuel sector.”” You know what else would wreck the fossil fuel sector? Running out of fossil fuels.

    • jimbills Says:

      We won’t run out of fossil fuels – ever. The reserves are just too large for all three sources, and we’ll transition at some point to other sources – sooner or later.

      The question, though, is when fossil fuels become too expensive for the other sources on the market. That can happen due to technological advances in the other sources, or if the remaining fossil fuels are harder to extract and more expensive because of it. Both of those trends are happening, but are they happening quickly enough to avoid catastrophic levels of climate change?

      Is meat beer a thing? Mebbe so:

      The elephant poop one looks like a winner for Kudlow.

      • Mark Mev Says:

        I have a book of beer recipes. Some of the recipes are from years ago and the one titled cock head beer contained exactly what the title implied. Start with a chicken, cut the head off, ….
        I did not try that recipe.

    • al mar Says:

      There are 1,000,000 billion tons of reduced carbon in Earth’s sedimentary shell, so we will never run out of fossil fuel. It is just that eventually the amount of effort that you have to put into extracting the carbon gets bigger than the amount of benefit you get from burning that carbon.

      The bigger problem is that we are not running out of fossil fuels fast enough to protect us from dangerous climate change. Even just using up all KNOWN fossil fuel reserves would render Earth even more unliveable than scientists had previously projected. Older models had projected that depleting fossil fuel reserves entirely would heat the planet by 4.3 C to 8.4 C. A new study revises this to between 6.4 C and 9.5 C.

      In the Arctic region—already heating at more than double the global average—the thermometer would rise an unimaginable 15 C to 20 C. And that leads to another wild card.

      Even if humanity manages to drastically curb its use of oil, gas and coal, Nature could add massive amounts of greenhouse gases all by itself, scientists warn.

      Hundreds of billions of tonnes of carbon, mostly in the form of methane, are locked in the increasingly misnamed permafrost of the sub-Arctic region.

      Beyond a certain threshold—and no one knows what that is—global warming could irretrievably unlock these methane reserves.

  3. J4Zonian Says:

    For the record:

    You also can’t make beer without yeast, eukaryotic, single-celled microorganisms classified as members of the fungus kingdom, who some vegans eschew.

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