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Old 12-23-2009, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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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.

Pet Dogs More Damaging to the Environment Than SUVs - ABC News
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:31 PM
 
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And I would argue that the wild deer that destroy crops and cause vehicular accidents have a larger carbon footprint than my pet dog. So, it would seem the more venison I harvest and feed to my dog the smaller the carbon footprint of either.

Ho hum... come to think of it the Grinch was green too wasn't he?
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Old 12-23-2009, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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The linked article seems to rely largely on the fact that dogs and cats are carnivores, so the carbon footprint includes the acreage to raise the meat the dogs and cats eat. I suspect a lot more people feed their pets, especially dogs, dry pet food than real meat, which would make the central underlying assumption false.
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:07 PM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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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.

Pet Dogs More Damaging to the Environment Than SUVs - ABC News
If pets are bad, I have to wonder about kids.
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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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.

Pet Dogs More Damaging to the Environment Than SUVs - ABC News
Idiots who want to sell books. Nothing more.
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Old 12-24-2009, 01:37 AM
 
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Eventually the green wackos are going to suggest we all commit mass suicide so we wicked humans quit destroying the earth.

I have a better idea--perhaps the greenies should all commit mass suicide.
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Old 12-24-2009, 06:10 AM
 
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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Eventually the green wackos are going to suggest we all commit mass suicide so we wicked humans quit destroying the earth.

I have a better idea--perhaps the greenies should all commit mass suicide.
Yep.

They rant about how human beings are destroying the planet, but they never do the planet a favor by killing themselves.

It's hypocrisy.
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Old 12-24-2009, 08:58 AM
 
Location: mid wyoming
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Another Idiot with a bogus cause.
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Old 12-25-2009, 12:31 AM
 
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Eh, there's something funny about scientists writing books rather than publishing. Besides, I thought dogs were omnis.
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Dogs will eat what cats leave, IYNWIM...

I need to do a study proving that all the eco-nuts writing books are more damaging to the environment than the things they are whining about.
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