American meat eaters are responsible for 1.5 more tons of carbon dioxide per person than vegetarians every year.
Mike Tidwell comments – No doubt methane is a potent greenhouse gas, but this article illustrates a common misunderstanding of the carbon cycle on our planet. The carbon that the methane in this article is talking about originally came from the air. In other words, the methane from—ruminants, termites, rice patties, and the like—has been fashioned from atmospheric carbon dioxide, to which it returns in as little as 8-to-10 years. These mechanics do not serve to increase the carbon circulating in the atmosphere, only the carbon locked below ground in coal, deep-earth methane, oil, and methane hydrates can do that. This is why the carbon released from your car is actually more important to climate change than any of the sources of methane mentioned in this article.