Washington Post

Yes, climate activists want to reduce your beef consumption

President Joe Biden isn't a "Hamburglar," no matter what you might have heard. That doesn't mean that red meat isn't on climate activists' menu.

Cutting consumption of beef and other red meat is a top priority of any serious climate change program. That's because cows and other ruminant animals, such as sheep and goats, produce methane gas from their burps and flatulence. Methane is a particularly harmful greenhouse gas; on an ounce-for-ounce basis, it has a warming potential that is far greater than an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide. Agriculture accounts for 10% of all U.S. emissions, and cattle alone account for 62% of that total. It's difficult, if not impossible, to meet emission reduction targets unless nations tackle the problem emanating from cows...

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