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October 16, 2007

Australians can thank Greenpeace for a helpful piece of advice on how Australians can put their eco-consciences at ease: Throw another 'roo on the barbie.

According to a report commissioned by Greenpeace:

  • Cutting beef production by 20 percent and eating more kangaroo instead would reduce Australia's carbon emissions by about 15 million metric tons a year by 2020.
  • Mark Diesendorf of the University of New South Wales says in the report that a shift away from grass-guzzling, methane-belching beef cattle to the more eco-friendly kangaroo can help reduce Australia's emissions by 30 percent from 1990 levels.

Kangaroo may be "one of the finest game meats," as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade boasts on its Web site, exported to 55 countries.  Even so, says the Wall Street Journal, it's not certain Australians will want to increase their consumption of one of their country's national symbols.

But Greenpeace deserves credit for honesty, says the Journal.  Global-warming alarmists are often too quick to hype the alleged dangers of climate change and play down the costs of emissions reductions.  Greenpeace is at least laying out the true "lifestyle" costs of emissions cuts.  That's good for the public to know as policy makers debate the costs and benefits of stricter environmental rules.

Source: Editorial, "The Greenpeace Diet," Wall Street Journal, October 16, 2007.


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