June 17, 2021

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Biden adviser says reducing red meat isn’t sole climate change solution | TheHill – The Hill

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The White House’s national climate adviser, Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyOvernight Energy: Judge denies tribal request for temporary Dakota Access Pipeline shutdown | Biden holds firm on climate provisions in infrastructure counterproposal | G-7 countries commit to restrict international coal funding White House climate adviser: Americans will ‘keep demanding’ upgraded infrastructure after Biden OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden officials unveil plan to conserve 30 percent of US lands and water | Watchdog questions adequacy of EPA standards for carcinogenic chemical emissions | Interior proposing revocation of Trump-era rollback on bird protections MORE, responded on Sunday to claims made by Republicans that President BidenJoe BidenRep. Dingell hospitalized for surgery on perforated ulcer Biden administration renews Temporary Protected Status for Haiti Amash warns of turning lawmakers like Cheney into ‘heroes’ MORE’s climate plan includes a ban on red meat, concluding that “we’re all in a lotta trouble” if people think consuming less meat is the “entire solution to climate change.”

In an “Axios on HBO” interview that aired Sunday, journalist Mike Allen asked McCarthy why the “completely made-up notion” pushed by “right-wing media” that Biden was “coming for your hamburgers” took off.

McCarthy, who previously served as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under former President Obama, took the question as an opportunity to hit Republicans for having a “very losing argument.”


“If you have to make up stuff like that, you must have a very losing argument, number one,” McCarthy said. “And secondly, man, if people think that switching your hamburger or going down to less meat is the entire solution to climate change, we’re all in a lotta trouble.” 

McCarthy’s remarks come after Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE, the chief economic adviser under former President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney calls Greene’s comments on House mask policy ‘evil lunacy’ Amash warns of turning lawmakers like Cheney into ‘heroes’ Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: ‘No place like home’ MORE, last month said that Biden’s climate plan is coming for American meat, prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to announce that there was no truth to the claims.

“There’s a study coming out of the University of Michigan which says that to meet the Biden Green New Deal targets, America has to, get this, America has to stop eating meat. Stop eating poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, dairy and animal-based fats,” Kudlow said on his Fox Business show.

“No burgers on July 4. No steaks on the barbie. I’m sure Middle America is just gonna love that. Can you grill those Brussels sprouts? So get ready, you can throw back a plant-based beer with your grilled Brussels sprouts and wave your American flag,” he added.

A swarm of Republican lawmakers chimed in on Kudlow’s comments.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she’s meeting with Trump ‘soon’ in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) tweeted a photo of Biden eating a hamburger with the caption “The Hamburglar.” Rep. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertTulsi Gabbard on Chicago mayor’s decision to limit media interviews to people of color: ‘Anti-white racism’ Massie, Greene trash mask violation warnings from House sergeant at arms House rejects GOP effort to roll back chamber’s mask mandate MORE (R-Colo.) tweeted for Biden to “stay out of my kitchen.”


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined the chorus of Republican lawmakers by tweeting, “Not gonna happen in Texas!”

The USDA called the claims made by Republicans “a fabrication.”

“This is a fabrication. There is no such effort or policy that exists by this Administration. It’s not a part of the climate plan nor the emissions targets. It is not real,” a USDA spokesperson previously told The Hill.


Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackTom VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE also denied the notion that there is an effort to limit red meat consumption.

“There is no effort designed to limit people’s intake of beef coming out of President Biden’s White House or USDA,” Vilsack said during a virtual briefing hosted by the North American Agricultural Journalists, according to Politico. “Sometimes in the political world, games get played and issues are injected into the conversation knowing full well that there’s no factual basis.”

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats, GOP face crowded primaries as party leaders lose control Ron Johnson: Jan. 6 Capitol riot was a largely ‘peaceful protest’ Venezuelans in Florida need GOP support beyond temporary protected status MORE (D-N.Y.) mocked Kudlow’s comments days later, tweeting a photo of himself with the caption “Excited to be watching the Oscars with an ice cold plant-based beer.”

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