Dave Sirota Made My Bacon Cheeseburger Taste Better

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Dave Sirota helps Salon in its descent into satire:

Would we give up burgers to stop climate change?

In case you missed the news, humanity spent the Earth Day week reaching another sad milestone in the history of catastrophic climate change: For the first time, measurements of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surpassed 400 parts per million, aka way above what our current ecosystem can handle.

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Here’s the good news, though: The fastest way to reduce climate change shouldn’t seem impossible, because it requires no massive new investments, technological breakthroughs or long-term infrastructure projects. According to data compiled by former World Bank advisers Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, it just requires us all to eat fewer animal products.

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If you find it demoralizing that we are incinerating the planet and dooming future generations simply because too many of us like to eat cheeseburgers, here’s that good news I promised: In their report, Goodland and Anhang found that most of what we need to do to mitigate the climate crisis can be achieved “by replacing just one quarter of today’s least eco-friendly food products” — read: animal products — “with better alternatives.” That’s right; essentially, if every fourth time someone craved, say, beef, chicken or cow milk they instead opted for a veggie burger, a bean burrito or water, we have a chance to halt the emergency.

The trouble, of course, is that environmentalism and conservation — like everything else — have been unduly politicized. Consequently, opposing those once-universal values now seems to be viewed by many on the right as a constructive expression of patriotic defiance. Indeed, according to one recent study, many self-described conservatives will refuse to buy a green product once they see it marketed as being environmentally responsible. Similarly, another study shows that conservatives are prone to consume more energy when warned that they are already using a lot.

In light of that, I’m sure some conservatives will read this column and send me email smugly pledging to eat even more meat than they already do, just to make some incoherent point about freedom. What they will really be proving, though, is that no matter how straightforward a climate change solution may be, we will never be able to combat the crisis until everyone is willing to sacrifice just a little bit, and nobody pretends ecological survival is anything other than what is: an apolitical, transpartisan priority.


My political leanings have nothing to do with the fact that a bacon cheeseburger is one of my favorite foods. But every time I eat one from now on I’ll take extra pleasure in knowing I’m pissing off Dave Sirota.

BTW: I guess Dave didn’t get the memo that the Earth’s temperature hasn’t increased for the past 16 years.


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18 Responses to Dave Sirota Made My Bacon Cheeseburger Taste Better

  1. HELENK says:

    seeing all the pictures of different state having snow for the first time in May makes this guy really look like an idiot.

    what is the thing with the progs about good food? why are they against it?

  2. HELENK says:

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/02/regional/photos-se-minnesota-snow

    for some reason this does not make me think of global warming

    • Dave Sirota says:

      Just STFU you racist bully!

      {{sobs}}

    • leslie says:

      When my obot brother and I were talking Last night he mentioned “climate change” and I said,”Oh, so now it’s climate change? What ever happened to global warming?” He told me “climate change” is more accurate. So I said “you said that like a good little democrat”. Were still talking but that’s only ‘cuz he feels sorry for me that I’m no longer part of the “enlightened”.

  3. elliesmom says:

    Doesn’t Sirota know eating beans produces more greenhouse gas than eating a cheeseburger does? Farts are loaded with carbon dioxide.

    • HELENK says:

      but prog farts are different. They help the environment. air fresheners can made from them

  4. Lulu says:

    Might Sirota be one of those people who find eating tedious. By tedious they don’t like to pay for food, prepare food, chew, sit with other people when they eat, watch people enjoy themselves, or associate food with pleasure? It seems to be growing with younger people (not that Sirota is but he likes to associate with their fads) and they like to guilt others and come up with rationalizations of some social construct with their hangups. Some believe that the lack of pleasure is really extreme laziness in feeding themselves.

  5. HELENK says:

    way off topic
    a perfect mother or father’s day gift. this may be the next perma press wave

    http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2013/05/05/a-boon-for-the-disheveled-shirts-that-dont-wrinkle-or-stink/

  6. Falstaff says:

    The pause in global warming explained:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/oct/16/daily-mail-global-warming-stopped-wrong

    Even though the science supporting the hypothesis of climate change is pretty much indisputable, Sirota is dreaming if he thinks that changing Americans’ diet is either feasible or likely to have an impact. China is the main culprit these days, and the Chinese regime has shown no interest in changing course. There may well be a huge human die-off in a couple of generations, but I wouldn’t blame the bacon cheeseburger. Hell, I’m unlikely to live more than another 60 years, so it’s not really my problem anyway.

  7. myiq2xu says:

    ICYMI:

    2 nights in a row the Giants-Dodgers game ended the same way.

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