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Authors Claim Pets Are More Damaging to Environment Than SUVs
ABC News ^ | Dec. 23, 2009 | SARAH NETTER

Posted on 12/23/2009 8:58:52 AM PST by kingattax

Taking the dog for a walk to the store would seem like a more environmentally-friendly option than piling into the SUV.

Not so, say two New Zealand scientists whose new book claims pets have a carbon footprint that is about twice the size of the gas guzzling vehicles that have long been a bane of environmentalism.

In "Time to Eat the Dog, the Real Guide to Sustainable Living," Robert and Brenda Vale charge that a medium-size dog has a footprint of 2.1 acres compared with slightly more than one acre for a standard sport utility vehicle.

The New Scientist Web site relayed other carbon footprint comparisons from the Vales' book. Cats are roughly equal to small Volkswagens while two hamsters have the same footprint as a plasma television. Goldfish are comparable to a pair of cell phones.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cats; climatechange; co2; doggieping; dogs; globalwarming; kittyping; pets
now the eco-loons will probably want to tax those 'carbon Paw Prints'.

there doesn't seem to be any end to this insanity.

1 posted on 12/23/2009 8:58:52 AM PST by kingattax
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To: kingattax
My cats contribute to climate change every day.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

2 posted on 12/23/2009 9:00:55 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: kingattax

Perhaps one day they’ll review the book I’m working on:

“Time to Feed the scientists to the Dogs, the Real Guide to Enjoyable Living”

My dogs have read the first draft and given it “Two Paws Up.”


3 posted on 12/23/2009 9:03:02 AM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: goldstategop
What is the carbon foot print of Eco loon Kiwis ?

4 posted on 12/23/2009 9:03:46 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: kingattax

5 posted on 12/23/2009 9:04:06 AM PST by Bratch
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To: kingattax

Dear Climate Change moron: Bite me.

Not so much love,

Butch, Ramses and Ginger


6 posted on 12/23/2009 9:05:23 AM PST by madison10
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So many eco scientist and so few bullets...............
Next it will be cows...right...........
the world has gone mad.


7 posted on 12/23/2009 9:09:46 AM PST by Plumberman27
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So many eco scientist and so few bullets...............
Next it will be cows...right...........
the world has gone mad.


8 posted on 12/23/2009 9:09:54 AM PST by Plumberman27
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To: kingattax

Liberals are more dangerous to freedom, industry, the economy, and the environment, than any other man-made force!


9 posted on 12/23/2009 9:11:02 AM PST by G Larry (DNC is comprised of REGRESSIVES!)
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To: kingattax

All true climate scammers should commit suicide so they will stop emitting CO2 and lower their carbon footprint. The rest of us could then live like Al Gore.


10 posted on 12/23/2009 9:14:20 AM PST by Wahoo82
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To: I cannot think of a name

lol...please put me down for a copy.


11 posted on 12/23/2009 9:14:33 AM PST by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: kingattax
This absurdity is an awesome new hammer to slam pompous preening liberal pet owning douchebags with!

Just in time for Christmas! - "Shut the eff up about my SUV you hippy scumbucket! You have two mangy dogs wrecking the planet at four times the pace!"

12 posted on 12/23/2009 9:14:57 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: kingattax

According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association 2009-2010 National Pet Owners Survey, 62 percent of Americans, or more than 71 percent of U.S. homes, own at least one pet.

USA! USA! USA!


13 posted on 12/23/2009 9:17:58 AM PST by tumblindice (My mastiff and bulldog are standing by to handle your complaints)
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To: kingattax

Hey Robert and Brenda,

FO

Sincerely,

My dog


14 posted on 12/23/2009 9:18:58 AM PST by lesko
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To: kingattax
now the eco-loons will probably want to tax those 'carbon Paw Prints'

I've often wondered about the effect of jogging and other forms of aerobic exercise. Obviously these people exhale more frequently than the average couch potato.

Perhaps we should tax people for extraneous activities that increase exhalations: walks in the park, gym workouts, soccer etc. It seems fair to me that this tax could be levied on companies that equip participants in these activities (Nike for example) and health clubs. Leotard manufacturers might be eligible for exemption as long as these are only used for yoga. I'm sure most of those who participate in these activities would cheerfully comply.

15 posted on 12/23/2009 9:19:01 AM PST by tsomer
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To: kingattax

Maybe this will shut them up! One can hope.


16 posted on 12/23/2009 9:24:26 AM PST by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: kingattax; bamahead; Delacon; SteamShovel; SolitaryMan; grey_whiskers; IrishCatholic; Darnright; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

17 posted on 12/23/2009 9:31:55 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Don't start the revolution without me.)
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To: kingattax

If a dog is bad, imagine the enormous carbon footprint of a polar bear!


18 posted on 12/23/2009 9:35:57 AM PST by hellbender
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To: kingattax

We’ll give up our animals when the White House turns the heat down to 65 and euthanizes Bo in the name of reducing its carbon print.


19 posted on 12/23/2009 9:39:29 AM PST by freespirited (People talk about "too big to fail." Our government is too big to succeed. --Chris Chocola)
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To: kingattax

Of course the dog and the SUV have “carbon footprints,” but they also have a benefit: the dog gives companionship and protects you against intruders and burglars. The SUV gets you through snow and protects you in some accidents.

The left doesn’t like that. They want you to be alone and miserable, and an easy prey for intruders (who always vote democrat) and they want you to die in an accident in a little excrement of a vehicle.


20 posted on 12/23/2009 9:41:30 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: kingattax

Well if my pets make such a big carbon foot print then I imagine those scientists would be leaving a carbon foot print 5 or 10 times the size of my dogs and my cats.

So let’s just eat the scientists who are soooooo full of hot air and save a whole lot of carbon. :)


21 posted on 12/23/2009 9:44:01 AM PST by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/user/GloriaJane)
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To: hellbender

Good one! LOL


22 posted on 12/23/2009 9:44:44 AM PST by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/user/GloriaJane)
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To: kingattax
My dog is lying on the couch beside me as I read this and just broke wind something fierce (not kidding).

A strange coincidence? Perhaps.

23 posted on 12/23/2009 10:04:20 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS
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To: kingattax

I call B S.


24 posted on 12/23/2009 11:07:08 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: kingattax
Illegal alien encampments cause California wildfires. Think that those are detrimental to the environment?
25 posted on 12/23/2009 1:15:32 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: kingattax
"Any claims on the Earth's resources, whether it's having pets or having children, we need to think about. It doesn't necessarily mean getting rid of your pet now. But when the pet dies, as they eventually do, you might want to think about whether you replace it or not," he said.

These people are not from the planet earth. I wonder what planet dumped this trash on us anyway.

It's interesting to note that these people feel that the only animals in the whole world that are causing harm to us is our pets.

26 posted on 12/23/2009 1:26:00 PM PST by mtg
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To: kingattax

From my cold dead hands they get our kitties!

I feel silly saying that, but I mean it! LOL


27 posted on 12/23/2009 1:38:55 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: mtg
It's interesting to note that these people feel that the only animals in the whole world that are causing harm to us is our pets.

There are attempts to legislate our pets out of existance. Watch for proposed manditory spay and neuter laws - s/n everything at 4 months and where do you get more?

28 posted on 12/23/2009 1:43:22 PM PST by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$ or PETA.)
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To: kingattax

Now they want to take my dog...
Eff you, libtards. Eff you.


29 posted on 12/23/2009 1:45:28 PM PST by JenB987
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To: kingattax

SUVs again?

What about those enormous, overpowered pick-ups driven by Democrat-voting union members?

Or how about those nasty, diesel-belching delivery trucks that deliver liberals, all their goodies right to their front door?


30 posted on 12/23/2009 1:49:09 PM PST by EyeGuy
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To: kingattax

GR-RR-RRUFF! SNARL! GR-RR-ROWL!


31 posted on 12/23/2009 1:53:27 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: kingattax; green pastures

You mean my six pound kitty has a carbon pawprint equal to a VW?? Wow, will she be proud!
I suspect we’re being tested now, to see what level of outrageous stupidity we will accept. And unfortunately, in democrats, that level is infinite


32 posted on 12/23/2009 7:38:37 PM PST by CatDancer (Obama DeathCare makes Grandma shovel-ready)
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To: CatDancer

I actually happened to see this y-day somewhere on the web other than FR (how’d that happen?!?!) and just had to laugh at it while thinking of my 5 lb kitty, 114 lb dog and 55 lb dog. And then remember the older sister’s horses.

Deep in my heart I believe that even with all those carbon paw prints and hoof prints, an AF1 trip to Copenhagen and Hawaii and a NYC flyover probably exceed our animals draw on this planet’s resources for their entire lives.

On a totally different note, I just also have to voice my complete disgust that the senate (not deserving of a capital letter) has chosen to vote on the health care reform monstrosity on Christmas Eve. They think it will pass and be the equivalent of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for their king.

I am still hoping it won’t be passed.

If they do pass it, and follow it with cap and trade, they will tax us for our pets, for everything. They will take everything. These bills aren’t about health care or environmentalism, any more than rape is about sex. It’s all about power.

Cynicism. It’s not just for breakfast any more.


33 posted on 12/23/2009 8:27:05 PM PST by green pastures
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