There’s no point in being innocuous—the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement to limit the causes of anthropogenic climate change is a laughing joke threatening our very future on this planet. More than 150 countries have promised to reduce the amount of emissions they emit into the atmosphere and to increase these reductions over time, and yet the United States Congress has just renewed a provision that prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from requiring emission reports from meat producers.
That’s right. This move came only days after United States officials stressed to other governments to critical importance of accurate emissions reporting at the Paris negotiations. Meanwhile, quite underhandedly, the US government enforces very specific underreporting of the emissions that its country generates and prevents any emissions reporting to occur from the meat industry.
Animal agriculture emissions data from the EPA is 100% untrustworthy and inaccurate.
Meat Production Emissions Not Collected by the EPA
The EPA has called the emission reports “essential in guiding the steps we take to address the problem of climate change“, while it has not collected emissions data from the US meat industry, which is the second-largest in the world behind only China, for at least 6 years now.
2008 saw draft regulations requiring the country’s largest greenhouse gas emitters to file annual reports. The next year, those regulations were finalised by the EPA which required 41 sectors—including the meat industry—to report their emissions. But the EPA never once received a single report from meat producers. During 2010, Congress had instead attached a provision to the EPA’s budget prohibiting the agency from spending money to collect emission reports on livestock producers.
The United States government is capable of a number of dishonourable things, and this sort of despicable and downright insulting behaviour is both unsurprising and will be a major contributing factor to the collapse of our planet in the coming decades.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation stated that meat and dairy farming attributes between 11%-15% of global greenhouse gas emissions—more than all the world’s exhaust-belching cars, buses, boats, and trains combined. Other studies report a much higher amount—between 43-57%—looking at food production more holistically to also include emissions from land use, change and deforestation, as well as the processing, packaging, transport and the sale of agricultural products, and food waste.
By simply passing bills that enforce emissions data to not be collected so that the appropriate analysis cannot be made is nothing more than a manipulating, deceptive ploy to keep the animal agriculture industry happy and the general public passively compliant in our destruction.
Decomposing manure is one source of meat production emissions. Technology exists to capture the methane and turn it into electricity, although it is rarely used in the US. The government actively discourages meat producers from doing this because if they were to capture the methane, turning it into electricity to another form of energy, it would than fall under the climate change regulations. By simply doing nothing, allowing the methane to escape into the atmosphere, meat producers don’t have to deal with any EPA rules or required effort.
A Growing Movement
There’s has been a growing consensus of American scientists who agreed that the US government had been providing inaccurate information on meat producers. During 2013, various researchers from Harvard University, Stanford University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found that greenhouse gas emissions from livestock were twice as bad as what the EPA estimated. Subsequent studies have found similar results.
The scientists agree it’s critical to monitor and curb the greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture to stop climate change. The Environmental Law Reporter published a report citing several studies showing that forecasted growth in worldwide agricultural emissions alone—unless curbed—will push global temperatures past the tipping point.
If the US government is actively working against our best interests with its coercion of hiding the truth, it is then up to every individual to make better decisions for the future of our species’ existence by consuming a plant based diet, instead of directly supporting the meat and dairy industries damaging the planet and destroying the ocean.