If this op-ed wasn’t printed in a newspaper with a long record of printing irrational op-eds on global warming, I would think it was satire:
The Climate Agenda Behind the Bacon Scare: The widely publicized warning about meat isn’t about health. It’s about fighting global warming.
Headlines blaring that processed and red meat causes cancer have made this steak-and-bacon-loving nation collectively reach for the Rolaids. Vegans are in full party mode, and the media is in a feeding frenzy. But there is more to this story than meets the (rib)eye.
With United Nations climate talks beginning in a few weeks in Paris, the cancer warning seems particularly well timed. Environmental activists have long sought to tie food to the fight against global warming. Now the doomsayers who want to take on modern agriculture, a considerable source of greenhouse-gas emissions, can employ an additional scare tactic: Meat production sickens the planet; meat consumption sickens people.
It may not surprise you to learn that one of the co-writers also writes for the Heartland Institute.
The op-ed itself is pretty weak. The writers just kind of point out that both cancer and global warming are probably decent reasons to cut down on the amount of meat we eat. And therefore there must be some kind of conspiracy.
They don’t even bother to cast any doubt on climate science. The writers know too well that their audience already considers it a hoax.
Some gems out of the huge (1000+) comments section:
WARNING – Beans make you fart and will melt the ice caps!!