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Biden May Make a Big Missed Steak


Purely Meat Co. workers in Chicago, Dec. 29, 2020.



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Larry Kudlow

suggested the other day that the Biden administration may declare war on meat. On his Fox Business show, the former Trump economic adviser lampooned a climate-change study from the University of Michigan, which argues that to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, Americans will have to cut back severely on “red meat, poultry, fish/seafood, eggs, dairy, and animal based fats.” To which Mr. Kudlow quipped: “OK, got that? No burger on July 4. No steaks on the barbecue. I’m sure Middle America is just going to love that. Can you grill those brussels sprouts?”

It was funny, but the climate lobby wasn’t laughing. Media “fact checkers” called it a “false story . . . another example of a closed ecosystem of information affecting public opinion,” in the Associated Press’s words. The

New York Times’s

Paul Krugman

tweeted: “This is what right-wing politics is down to. It’s all false claims about evil liberals, which the base is expected to believe because it’s primed to believe in liberal villainy.”

Hold on a minute. Liberals constantly insist they “follow the science.” Apparently “the science” says if we don’t stop eating meat, cow flatulence will doom the planet. The war on meat is no figment of the right’s imagination.

It’s true

Joe Biden

hasn’t stated he wants to curtail meat production or consumption. But people he listens to have. During a CNN “Climate Crisis Town Hall,”

Kamala Harris

was asked if she favored changing “dietary guidelines to reduce the consumption of red meat in light of the impact of the climate change.” She said yes: “The balance that we have to strike here, frankly, is about what government can and should do around creating incentives and then banning certain behaviors.”

The United Nations Environmental Agency’s newsletter claims that “every bite of burger boosts harmful greenhouse gases.” A tweet from the U.N. last summer warned: “The meat industry is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the world’s biggest oil companies.” Greenpeace asserts on its website that eating meat “makes the planet sick. The livestock sector—raising cows, pigs and chickens—generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all cars, trucks and automobiles combined.”

The Biden administration has acknowledged that its climate targets require the U.S. to “reduce emissions from agriculture,” but officials also realize that Americans love to eat meat. Even Ms. Harris told CNN, “I love cheeseburgers from time to time.”

So the strategy to reduce the production of meat is indirect and subtle. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set aside $30 billion for converting millions of acres of farm and grazing land for carbon sequestration. Agriculture Secretary

Tom Vilsack,

who decreed “meatless Monday” at USDA cafeterias while he headed the department under

Barack Obama,

says: “There is no effort designed to limit people’s intake of beef coming out of President Biden’s White House or the USDA.”

That AP story let slip why the left is so nervous. The red-meat story “could seriously undermine [Mr. Biden’s] climate change plan before he even announced it.” It reported that a spokesman for the president “posted on

Twitter

a photo of a smiling Biden grilling steaks at a campaign stop” and cited “a CNN fact-checker who called claims about the president proposing limits on meat consumption ‘completely imaginary.’ ”

His opposition to fracking was imaginary, too—until his first week in office, when he began moving to restrict it.

Mr. Moore is a co-founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity and an economist with FreedomWorks.

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