Methane Emissions Exceed CO2

Time to feel the tension reducing in your shoulders and neck. All that burden we’ve been carrying around thinking that we humans and our modern conveniences are to blame for global warming – oh, the guilt and shame.

Thanks to Scandinavian researchers, we’ve been given a reprieve.

Moose are to blame.

According to an Aug 21, 2007 article in Spiegel, “moose can produce 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year – the equipvalent to the CO2 output resulting from a 13,000 kilometer car journey.” Technically, the methane is created by bacteria in the moose’s stomach, and emitted through belching. This must put eco-loons in a full-wedgie position. Nature is destroying nature – not man. Then again, think of all the fans belching at major sporting events, but I digress.

Fortunately for the world, moose hunting season, which begins on September 25th, is expected to kill 35,000 of Norway’s 120,000 moose. Couldn’t they wait for spring? IF there is anything to methane and CO2 emissions tied in to global warming (haven’t ice bergs been melting for thousands of years?) I think we’d want to time the demise of methane-belching moose until spring in hopes that our demand for heating oil would be reduced.

Moose methane production is but a drop-in-the-bucket when compared to cow output, reported in a July 10, 2007 Spiegel Online article as being “methane-making machines”. Of course, there’s a big boo-boo in the article which refers to bovine as “grass-munchers”. Industrialized farming has changed all that, relying on corn and soy to sustain the beef and dairy industry, reducing the feeding of grass. Something tells me that they should be spending more time promoting grass-fed methods rather than “working on using plant-breeding methods to develop new diets for livestock”. God doesn’t make mistakes. We should be sticking with the Original Plan:

Deut 11:14 He will put grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will have plenty to eat.

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