Category Archives: Environment

Cranky Kevin Appears on 7.30 Report.

The Prime Minister who seems to want to please everyone and is always so polite showed cranky side on ABC’s 7.30 Report last night.

In what was described as Latham like, Kevin Rudd snapped at Kerry O’Brien during an interview when Kerry Obrien challenged Kevin Rudd about his apparent back down from his proposed ETS legislation.

“Now it might be easy for you to sit in 7.30 Report-land and say that was easy to do. Let me tell you mate, it wasn’t.” was the sentence that has caused people to sit up and take notice of side of Kevin Rudd they haven’t seen before, though it could be the side that Airforce hostesses parlimentary staff and soldiers in Iraq have seen before.

ALP colleagues have defended the reaction as evidence of Kevin Rudd committed stance on the ETS policy but you can’t help but think that it was a clever “bloking up” of the somewhat “unblokey” (yeah my word, probably not real but I will lobby the Maquarie Dictionary) Kevin.

Kevin Rudd is a person that doesn’t seem to do anything by accident and is quite adept at the spin game and this performance just has me thinking “fair shake of the sauce bottle Kevin”.

Well maybe it the real Kevin creeping out under the pressure of an upcoming election or maybe it is the passionate Kevin. Who ever it is I would like to see more of him. It could make for some entertaining electioneering and it will keep those journalist on their toes wondering when he will explode before their very eyes.

Global Warmers: Lamb Out, Pork In

From Just Politics?

Will these people stop at nothing to change everybody’s life? If a Conservative just wants to be left alone by the government than a Liberal wants everybody to do as they say:

GIVE up lamb roasts and save the planet. Government advisers are developing menus to combat climate change by cutting out “high carbon” food such as meat from sheep, whose burping poses a serious threat to the environment.

Out will go kebabs, greenhouse tomatoes and alcohol. Instead, diners will be encouraged to consume more potatoes and seasonal vegetables, as well as pork and chicken, which generate fewer carbon emissions.

“Changing our lifestyles, including our diets, is going to be one of the crucial elements in cutting carbon emissions,” said David Kennedy, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change.

Kennedy has stopped eating his favourite doner kebabs because they contain lamb.

A government-sponsored study into greenhouse gases found that producing 2.2lb of lamb released the equivalent of 37lb of carbon dioxide.

The problem is because sheep burp so much methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Cows are only slightly better behaved. The production of 2.2lb of beef releases methane equivalent to 35lb of CO2 Tomatoes, most of which are grown in heated glasshouses, are the most “carbon-intensive” vegetable, each 2.2lb generating more than 20lb of CO2 Potatoes, in contrast, release only about 1lb of CO2 for each 2.2lb of food. The figures are similar for most other native fruit and vegetables.

Of course, this all would be less of a problem if some Brits have their way this would all be unnecessary because they want to reduce the population of England to a mere 30 million people.

So forget your booze (1.5% of England’s “greenhouse” gas production), no chocolate either (4.5 pounds per 2.2 pounds eaten), and wash it down with a Coke because smoothies generate twice the emissions.

The article continues:

“We are not saying that everyone should become vegetarian or give up drinking but moving towards less carbon intensive foods will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve health,” said Kennedy.

The climate committee is analysing emissions from farming and will suggest measures to reduce them. However, it has concluded that people will have to change their habits.

Why don’t Liberals change their habits and sot off, leaving the rest of us alone?