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Shoot An Australian Camel For Carbon Credit

From an unquestioning and approving Associated Press:

Australian camels could be shot to curb methane

By Rod Mcguirk, Associated Press
June 9, 2011

CANBERRA, Australia – Kill a camel, earn cash for cutting greenhouse gases: That offer may be coming soon in Australia, where vast numbers of the nonnative, methane-belching animals have been trampling the Outback for more than a century.

The government has proposed that killing camels be officially registered as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Australia has the world’s largest population of wild camels — an estimated 1.2 million — and considers them to be a growing environmental problem.

Quick question – do wolves emit methane? So why has Sarah Palin been so viciously excoriated for shooting wolves?

The proposal, released for public comment this week, would allow sharpshooters to earn so-called carbon credits for slaughtering camels. Industrial polluters around the world could buy the credits to offset their own carbon emissions.

What a beautiful thing. Still, why don’t they export these camels to Muslim countries so they could be slaughtered in the streets for the glorious festival known as Eid Al-Adha.

But what will they think to kill next — in the name of the environment?

Each camel belches an estimated 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of methane a year, which is equivalent to a metric ton (1.1 U.S. ton) of carbon dioxide in its impact on global warming. That’s roughly one-sixth the amount of CO2 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says an average car produces annually.

Just out of curiosity how much methane does Al Gore produce a year? And why should we value the life of an innocent camel less than that of a human being?

A bill to create a carbon credit regime will go to a vote in the House of Representatives on Wednesday and is expected to become law within weeks.

A government registry will be set up to determine what actions will qualify for carbon credits, and bureaucrats are expected to decide by the end of the year whether killing camels will be among them.

Mark Dreyfus, the government’s parliamentary secretary for climate change, said he hopes the proposal wipes out camels from the Australian wild.

"Potentially it has tremendous merit, because feral camels are a dreadful menace across the whole of arid Australia," Dreyfus told The Associated Press on Thursday.

How many people are killed by feral camels every year?

First introduced in the 1840s to help explorers and pioneers travel through Australia’s arid interior, camels now cover vast tracts of the continent’s parched and sparsely populated center and west.

Camels compete with sheep and cattle for food, trample vegetation and invade remote settlements in search of water, scaring residents as they tear apart bathrooms and rip up water pipes

Kill them!

Still, we are so old and curmudgeonly we can remember a time when self-proclaimed environmentalists tried to preserve the life of wild animals.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 9th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Shoot An Australian Camel For Carbon Credit”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “…scaring residents as they tear apart bathrooms and rip up water pipes..”

    Do they hold residents at gunpoint while demanding to see the house blueprints or what? And why bathrooms? Wouldn’t it just be easier to get water from the kitchen sink? I mean, how stupid can a camel be?

    • preparing4theworst says:

      Just a thought….move your bathrooms indoors and it would be much harder for the camels to get at them…..besides Australia is a gun free zone..what are you going to shoot them with??? a chicken and a bow??..but wait, that’s a different movie…

  2. Right of the People says:

    “Just out of curiosity how much methane does Al Gore produce a year? And why should we value the life of an innocent camel less than that of a human being?”

    ManBearPigCamel?

    Maybe if they put a bounty on liberals? Most of them are vegetarians and emit copious amounts of methane annually. Two fold win/win for all of us, reduce the methane/C02 problem and get rid of whiners.

    “Still, we are so old and curmudgeonly we can remember a time when self-proclaimed environmentalists tried to preserve the life of wild animals.”

    Steve, it’s always only been the cute animals the libs are concerned with and camels sure as hell ain’t cute.

    • jobeth says:

      “And why should we value the life of an innocent camel less than that of a human being?”

      Using their own reasoning, that is an excellent point.

      Isn’t there some whacko (Cass Sunstein) who want to give animals “rights” to sue? So we CAN’t misuse, eat, and/or kill them or they will sue us.

      Uh-oh….they are beginning to contradict themselves, even to the point of turning inside out. Can’t wait to watch that show down.

    • The Redneck says:

      Jobeth, I think you’re thinking of Peter Singer, former chair of Ethics at Princeton, who wrote a bill of rights for great apes, which includes the right of trail by a jury of its peers and the right to address the judge personally or with a human intermediary (Singer also supports a “lemon law” for kids, where you can legally kill a child up to 30 days AFTER he or she is born, and necrophilia (as long as you asked permission back when they were alive).). As Ann Coulter noted, my vote is for ‘personally’–with extra points if the defendant hurls its own feces at the presiding officials.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    How many carbon credits can I get for shooting a “donkey”?

  4. NoNeoCommies says:

    Deer and antelope are also grazers that produce methane and C02 (methane is a more powerful greenhouse gas).
    Also, people that have a diet that is high in fiber (fruits and veggies) produce more C02.

    So I guess it’s open season on grazers, browsers, and vegans.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    “A government registry will be set up to determine what actions will qualify for carbon credits, and bureaucrats are expected to decide by the end of the year whether killing camels will be among them.”

    Facepalm.

  6. BigOil says:

    Where are my carbon credits for all the steaks I’ve eaten? It’s patently unfair that the hunter or butcher get all the credit for saving the planet. What about the end user?

    I need to open an exchange for carnivores.

  7. jobeth says:

    “But what will they think to kill next — in the name of the environment?”

    Me. You. Anyone too old to waste medical resources on. Especially since we all know as we get old…the young libs look on all of us oldies as “Old F**ts anyway.

  8. Queequeg says:

    The enviro-death cult wants to always call the eugenic tune…wolves good/camels bad…harp seal good/human bad…young hispanic good/old white bad…right out of 1984.

  9. canary says:

    the Gov Mitt Romney’s studying lobsters! Sustainability! ; Zoning, Regulations; all that commie UN Agenda 21 ICLEI language and environmental regulations in 2004. He has done so much of this green stuff, he truly believe in man made global warming and that puts him in the Al Gore category. More and more I see Romney’s left his prints, and to say he’s against so many regulations is a lobster flip flop.

    http://www.mass.gov/czm/glouc_harb_rpt_coverandintro.pdf


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