Thursday, July 19, 2007

Coming to a Subway Near You: Carbon-credits for ordering the veggie sub

You're driving in your car; you're munching on a Big Mac, Whopper, In-n-Out Burger, or Wendy's Classic Single. If the latest news is to be believed, you're doing more C02 damage to the environment by eating the burger than driving your car.

According to the UK Telegraph, producing 2.2 lb of beef generates as much greenhouse gas as driving a car non-stop for three hours. Bad news for all-for-show environmentalists.

Now Hollywood environmentalists can't get by by having a Prius parked beside the Hummer; now they'll have to go vegetarian. I expect to see Al Gore eating veggie burgers in public, while scarfing down cows in the privacy of his home.

I've done the math. If 2.2 lb of beef = driving non-stop for three hours, an hour's worth of driving equals just under 12 ounces of beef. This means that Subway and other fast-food restaurants will be able to offer a 20-minute carbon offset credit for people who get a veggie sub instead of a 4 ounce Big Mac. Forgo a Wendy's Double, and your carbon credit climbs to 40 minutes. Forgo an In-n-Out Burger 4 x 4, and your credit climbs to an hour and 20!

I'm not planning on eating any meat at breakfast today -- this has to be worth at least a drive around town.

The whole global warming thing gets weirder by the day.

As for me, I'm going to continue to respect the environment and enjoy the great life that God has given us.

And that's the way the Ball bounces.

1 comment:

WishMaster said...

Great food for thought :)

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"