Junk science watch: Dog has bigger carbon footprint than SUV


Yeah, right.

I would like to officially take this opportunity to come out of the closet as a global warming skeptic. Yes, I believe the planet got warmer for a period, but I am deeply skeptical of the claims that CO2 emissions were the cause and that the climate models created to forecast the future are in any way accurate.

I am also in very good company as you see here in this slide show of the 10 most-respected Global Warming Sceptics. I especially like this quote from the late Michael Crichton:

Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science, consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

So sorry New Zealand eco-freaks, I’m keeping my dog and I don’t even feel the slightest bit guilty about it.

2 thoughts on “Junk science watch: Dog has bigger carbon footprint than SUV

  1. Even if you accepted their point, how does a dog's food "carbon footprint" compare to that of the lifetime of a human, let alone a human's other activities? I'm in the UK at the moment and the headline was "Time to eat the dog"! Even more logical to tell everyone not to have children! I'm afraid they just lost me too, Ann -this is one step too far!

  2. My view on global warming is immaterial. (although if you want to ask, I do believe there is a warming trend, somewhat but not solely exacerbated by pollution).

    These people forget that usefulness is not simply defined by being eaten. Dogs provide comfort, babysit, tend flocks, guard homes and livestock, serve the disabled, and are part of police forces! Wow. That's not useless in my book!

    These folks are obviously humourless, compassionless zealots. A pox on 'em.

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