Fourth of July, the national celebration of combustion, presents an opportunity for atonement.
FOOD is responsible for 10 to 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. By many estimates, cooking represents more of a meal’s carbon footprint than transport. For certain vegetables, it accounts for more emissions than agriculture, transport and disposal combined.
Now for the burgers and dogs. First, a green disclaimer. Beef is an environmental disaster, no matter how you cook it. However, if you can’t resist grilled cow, your big decision is between charcoal and propane.
And finally we come to dessert. Skip the pie. Baking is so energy profligate that the government hasn’t yet figured out a way to reward any residential ovens with the Energy Star label.
Yup. Having run out of other cudgels with which to bludgeon Americans, we’re now being told that our 4th of July grill is an ill-conceived idea that’s destroying the world. This kind of ties in with my earlier post today about the fact that Republicans haven’t “appropriated” July 4th; instead, Democrats haven’t just abandoned it, they’ve spat all over it.
I was originally going to avoid cooking on July 4th, since I don’t like to cook. However, even less than liking cooking, I don’t like being hectored, bullied, blackmailed and intimidated. It’s hamburger and cakes this July 4th!