Tomorrow, December 3rd, the European parliament in Brussels will welcome Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel in Climate Change (IPCC). He will be accompanied by former pop star and campaigner Paul McCartney. Dr. Pachauri will be recommending that we all commit ourselves to one meat-free day a week, as part of the campaign against climate change and carbon emissions. Many scientists, journalists and vegetarians believe that eating meat and raising livestock is major cause of climate change, pointing to the methane and CO2 emitted by farmyard flatulence.
As a Hindu and a strict vegetarian, Dr. Pachauri’s campaign against meat sits particularly well with his religious dietary principles. Dr. Pachauri is especially well qualified to advise on climate issues. He commenced his tertiary education at The Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar. He began his career at the Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi. He later went to America where he took a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, and a joint PhD in Industrial Engineering and Economics from the North Carolina State University.
Critics may carp that his education bears little relation to climate issues, to Climatology or Atmospheric Physics, but he is nonetheless well placed to offer improbable solutions to highly speculative problems, and of course Paul McCartney is equally well-qualified in climate science.
A discordant note has been struck ahead of Dr. Pachauri’s visit by the NFU, which argues against the meat-free day on the grounds that there are health benefits associated with meat consumption, and that the raising of livestock is important for food security, and for environmental management of the countryside and especially of upland areas, as well as for the prosperity of farmers, the agricultural sector and rural communities. They also point out that changes in methods of animal husbandry are already reducing emissions from livestock. However, reasonable people will find these points of little importance against their obsession with the pursuit of climate mitigation.
Dr. Pachauri’s visit is a great honour for the parliament, and I believe he will be heard with great interest and respect, despite the increasing doubts raised by many scientists over the theory of man-made global warming, and growing public scepticism about climate alarmism and green taxes. Meantime I shall prepare for the event with a good sustaining dinner of succulent T-bone steak, grilled medium-rare, with fried onions and chips.