Target: United States Congress
Goal: Convince congress that a tax on meat is a necessary step in the fight against global warming
A recent report from the United Nations found that methane from livestock like sheep, pigs, and cattle makes up about 14.5% of all human caused greenhouse gas emissions. This makes it the biggest single source of human-related methane. In order to avoid catastrophic temperature increases, we must cut emissions of greenhouse gasses like methane, in addition to making reductions in CO2. Creating a tax on meat consumption would be the best way to do this, according to a group of scientists that recently published an article in Nature Climate Change.
People would eat less meat if a tax were introduced, and this would reduce the amount of methane being released into the atmosphere. As a greenhouse gas, methane is 34 times more potent than CO2. That is why a reduction in the amount of meat consumed by people would have such a drastic impact on global warming.
Since the United States leads the world in greenhouse gas emissions, a tax on meat consumption in this country would have a particularly big impact. With new carbon trading schemes being implemented to combat global warming it is important that a plan for reducing methane levels also be introduced.
Decreasing the amount of meat that people eat is essential if meaningful reductions in greenhouse gasses are to be achieved. We must act now to persuade our congress to address the dangerous level of methane emissions by creating a tax on the consumption of meat.
Dear Members of Congress:
The United Nations has stated that methane is a powerful greenhouse gas. It is about 34 times more potent than CO2, and causes 14.5% of all greenhouse emissions worldwide. This methane comes from livestock like cattle and sheep that are raised for meat production. As our human population grows so does our supply of livestock.
We must reduce methane emissions if we are to avoid a dangerous increase in global temperatures. In order to reduce methane emissions it is essential that people begin to eat less meat. Given that the United States is the leading emitter of greenhouse gasses worldwide, a meat consumption tax in our country could have a huge impact in the fight against global warming.
It is time for the United States to lead on this issue. Therefore, I strongly urge you to pass legislation which would institute a tax on the consumption of meat.
[Your Name Here]
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