Joe Biden wants to mandate Americans to stop eating so many cheeseburgers and steaks. He believes that, unless we severely cut back on red meat consumption, the world is doomed due to climate change.
Last week at the Earth Day climate summit, Biden announced the United States would unilaterally lead the globe in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. He unveiled his administration’s radical plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 and mandate the U.S. to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
To achieve this draconian (and arbitrary) goal, China Joe declared that Americans will have to make immense sacrifices. His aim is to micromanage and change our personal behaviors, diets and society itself.
Biden’s plan seeks to force Americans to buy electric cars. He wants 65 percent of all U.S. citizens to be in an electric car by 2030. His goal is to abolish gas-powered vehicles by 2050. Currently, only 2 percent of car purchases are electric vehicles. The average price of an electric car: $55,000. Hence, Biden is calling for a social revolution. And it is not just phasing-out gas-powered cars and SUVs. The country will need to be littered with electric car charging stations for his mandate to be implemented. The costs will be in the trillions of dollars. His version of the Green New Deal will bankrupt America.
His plan also calls for every home to be retrofitted with solar or wind energy or electricity as the source of power by 2030—natural gas or oil will no longer be allowed to heat or cool anyone’s home. This means Americans will have to purchase an electric heat pump, which costs over $5,000. In short, Biden’s plan will drive up energy costs, wipe out millions of jobs and devastate the American middle- and working-class.
Yet, the heart of his climate change agenda is the war on beef. According to the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems, Biden’s plan requires that Americans only consume about four pounds of beef per year, which is the equivalent of one hamburger per month. In other words, Biden wants to drastically reduce beef consumption, rationing how many cheeseburgers or steaks Americans can eat every year—and it’s not a lot. The reason: cow flatulence. Climate alarmists argue that cow farts pose—I am being deadly serious—an existential threat to the planet, emitting too much methane and carbon dioxide emissions and thereby dangerously contributing to “climate change.” Their solution: Curtail beef consumption, which eventually will lead to many fewer cows—and by extension lower rates of cow gas.
This is a classic example of the insanity of woke ideology. First, Biden does not have the power or constitutional authority to mandate beef rationing or converting the entire car industry to electric vehicles. He is not a dictator—at least, not yet. It also shows how extreme and radical the Democrats have become. Lenin, Stalin, Hitler—even they did not ban the consumption of beef.
Secondly, Biden’s climate mandate and targets would destroy not only the beef industry, but the dairy industry as well. Cows not only provide us with beef. They also produce milk, yogurt, butter and cheese. His assault on cows would lead to a massive disruption in our food supply, creating food shortages and possibly (like in other communist countries) mass starvation.
Finally, Biden’s plan would have zero impact on the climate or the earth’s atmosphere. The United States already has the cleanest economy in the world. If we were to somehow achieve these insane targets it would still have no effect on the earth’s carbon emissions. Why? Because the world’s biggest polluters—China, India, Russia—have no intention of getting rid of fossil fuels. In fact, they are doubling down on coal, natural gas and oil to power their growing economies. Most of the fossil fuel jobs killed by Biden’s mandate would be outsourced to China, making Beijing wealthier at our expense. His entire climate agenda is tailor-made to suit China’s interests: America gets much poorer, while the Chinese communists get much richer—and much more powerful.
Biden’s war on beef has nothing to do with the climate. It’s green socialism masquerading as environmentalism. It’s the greatest power grab in U.S. history. It will give the federal government the immense power and authority to control every aspect of our lives—from what we drive, to how we heat and cool our homes, and to how much and what we can eat. It’s time to tell this bully and wannabe dictator to go fly a kite. Leave my cheeseburgers alone.
-Jeffrey T. Kuhner is host of “The Kuhner Report” on WRKO AM-680 in Boston. His daily show airs 6:00-10:00 am EST. He can be reached at: JeffreyKuhner@iheartmedia.com
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