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There’s two different posts to day (one by James Hudnall and one by John Simpson) both freaking out over a silly Drudge headline about obesity being a factor in climate change.

HIGH rates of obesity in richer countries cause up to a billion extra tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year, compared with countries with leaner populations, according to a study that assesses the additional food and fuel needs of the overweight.

The finding is particularly worrying, scientists say, because obesity is on the rise in many rich nations.

“Population fatness has an environmental impact,” said Phil Edwards, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “We’re all being told to stay fit and keep our weight down because it’s good for our health. The important thing is that staying slim is good for your health and for the health of the planet.”

This simple, obvious observation, made by a British academic with no known political affiliations or government ties, sends both Hudnall and Simpson into hysterics about the myriad ways in which American liberals will now persecute obese people.

Hudnall:

So do China and India have less greenhouse gas emissions than Canada and Germany? After all, China and India have “thinner” people. The answer is of course, no. This is a false claim like many of those the AGW crowd makes.

But making false statements didn’t stop the anti-smoking crusaders who made it seem like smoking a cigarette automatically gives you get lung cancer. And it’s gotten so bad many places are using their anti-smoker bias to deny smokers their civil rights. Using the same logic, they can start doing that to the “obese.”

There’s not much for me to do here except direct Hudnall to that first paragraph he quoted.  Their research claims that the obesity factors accounts for a billion extra tons of greenhouse gases a year.  The researchers never claim that obesity is the only factor.  That would be silly.

Simpson is even more red-faced though:

You know where this is going, right, people? Global Warming (GW) taxes on junk foods, if not all. Will they even dare propose a discriminatory tax on fat people themselves?

Um, probably not!  The researchers offer no policy prescriptions, and have no voice within the American government.  Chill the fuck out.

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Written by dieblucasdie

April 22, 2009 at 5:50 pm

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