15 February 2010

Fox News pundits take Cambridge Climate Congress to task

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The home of MIT and Harvard is under the impression that it is maneuvering itself to be a leader in helping the planet but according to Fox News “coercive taxes” and “mandatory” vegan Mondays are the next step towards an Orwellian nightmare scenario.

Cambridge, Massachusetts established a Climate Congress in May of 2009 as a way to position the city at the forefront of climate change policy by actually “walking the walk.”

The Cambridge Climate Congress recently released its proposal that includes promoting local sustainability, curbing greenhouse gas emissions and establishing “Meatless or Vegan Mondays” in schools and restaurants.

John Stossel of Fox News calls the proposed actions the “tyranny of silly people” and castigates supporters referring to them as “enviro-nannies.”

Although the report makes it clear that additional taxation could possibly be warranted and on occasion uses the term “mandate” overall it seems to be nothing more than an honest attempt to improve the environment.

No matter what side of the aisle you fall upon in the climate change debate, I think we call can agree that cutting pollution and switching to a healthier and more compassionate diet cannot hurt.

Considering the obesity epidemic in the United States a little “mandated” fruit and veggie consumption may not be such a bad idea.

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