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Letter from Arthur Poletti about Animal Agriculture, Nuclear Power, and Global Warming - 2 May 2007

Dear Members of The United States Congress

In order to properly answer your question regarding
the use of nuclear power to fight global warming I
need to provide you with a detailed comprehensive
response.

I hope somebody in the Congress will take the
time to carefully read and evaluate the following
information and recommendations that may not
be what they may want to hear but reveal the real
truth about the best solution to stop global
warming.

Nuclear power is not the answer. ( For Sure)

Obviously in order to solve the problem of global
warming we need to become fully aware of which
industry is mostly responsible for the problem?

Together, we need to grasp, understand, and
then admit collectively "what the biggest cause
of global warming really is" and then agree as to
what the very best remedy "really is" for the
benefit of humans, animals, and the earth.

These are my opinions and recommendations
which cover three categories.

1. Why Nuclear power should not be used to
fight global warming.

2. Why the livestock industry is the number one
cause of global warming.

3. Why the United States Congress should invite
the "vegan" President of Slovenia Dr. Janez
Drnovsek to make a presentation to members of
Congress explaining why he thinks vegetarianism
is so beneficial to the health and welfare of people,
animals and the earths environment.

(1) Nuclear power

Following are some solid reasons why using
nuclear power to fight global warming would be
a costly and dangerous mistake.

The world's 440 operating power reactors, with
about 364,000 MWe of total capacity, produce
about 16% of the world's electricity. Coal, gas
and oil account for four times that amount —
about 64%.

So to replace fossil fuel generated electricity with
nuclear power would require a fivefold increase in
the number of reactors, from 440 to about 2200.
The cost of the additional 1760 reactors would be
several trillion dollars.

The 2200 reactors would produce enough
plutonium each year to build roughly 60,000
nuclear weapons.

The annual production of high-level radioactive
waste in the form of spent fuel would increase
to about 50,000 tonnes — to be safely and
securely stored in those repositories that
don't currently exist.

Electricity generation is responsible for only
a modest percentage of global greenhouse
gas emissions — as low as 9% by some
accounts.

In broad terms the replacement of all fossil
fuel fired electricity plants with nuclear
power would be unlikely to reduce global
greenhouse emissions by more than 5-10% —
not even close to the 60% reduction required
to stabilize atmospheric concentrations
of greenhouse gases.

More dangers:

The more reactors, the more accidents. The
more accidents, the more likely significant
off-site releases of radioactivity.

The perennial problems of plant malfunction
and human error and terrorism looms large as a
threat to nuclear plants and everyone working
and living in their vicinity.

Nuclear power proponents deny the likelihood that
the 1986 Chernobyl disaster has killed thousands
and will kill thousands more.

However, using the standard risk estimates applied
the world over, the likely toll from Chernobyl will be
some tens of thousands of deaths.

(2) Global warming and the livestock industry:

The best kept secret on earth was recently
revealed when the following question was given
the correct answer.

Which causes more greenhouse gas emissions,
rearing cattle or driving cars?

According to a new report published by the
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization,
the livestock sector generates 18 percent more
greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2
equivalent – than autos. It is also a major source
of land and water degradation.

The livestock industry is one of the most significant
contributors to today’s most serious
environmental problems. Urgent action is required
to remedy the situation.

With increased prosperity, people are consuming
more meat and dairy products every year. Global
meat production is projected to more than double
from 229 million tons in 1999/2001 to 465 million
tons in 2050, while milk output is set to climb
from 580 to 1043 million tons.

The global livestock sector is growing faster
than any other agricultural sub-sector. It provides
livelihoods to about 1.3 billion people and contributes
about 40 percent to global agricultural output. For
many poor farmers in developing countries livestock
are also a source of renewable energy for draft
and an essential source of organic fertilizer for
their crops.

When emissions from land use are included,
the livestock sector accounts for 9 percent of
CO2 deriving from human-related activities, but
produces a much larger share of even more harmful
greenhouse gases. It generates 65 percent of
human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times
the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2.
Most of this comes from manure.

And it accounts for respectively 37 percent of all
human-induced methane (23 times as warming
as CO2), which is largely produced by the digestive
system of ruminants, and 64 percent of ammonia,
which contributes significantly to acid rain.

Livestock now use 30 percent of the earths
entire land surface, mostly permanent pasture
but also including 33 percent of the global arable
land used to producing feed for livestock, the
report notes. As forests are cleared to create
new pastures, it is a major driver of deforestation,
especially in Latin America where, for example,
some 70 percent of former forests in the Amazon
have been turned over to grazing.

At the same time herds cause wide-scale land
degradation, with about 20 percent of pastures
considered as degraded through overgrazing,
compaction and erosion.

The livestock business is among the most
damaging sectors to the earths increasingly
scarce water resources, contributing among
other things to water pollution, and the
degeneration of coral reefs.

The major polluting agents are animal wastes,
antibiotics and hormones, chemicals from tanneries,
fertilizers and the pesticides used to spray feed
crops.

Widespread overgrazing disturbs water cycles,
reducing replenishment of above and below ground
water resources. Significant amounts of water are
withdrawn for the production of feed.

Livestock’s presence in vast tracts of land and
its demand for feed crops also contribute to
biodiversity loss; 15 out of 24 important ecosystem
services are assessed as in decline, with livestock
identified as a culprit.

(3) Enter "vegan" President of Slovenia Dr. Janez
Drnovsek.

Please visit the following web site address to
read and understand why "vegan" Slovenian
President Janez Drnovsek should be invited to
speak to members of the United States Congress
about the countless benefits of being a vegetarian
and a vegan.

This brilliant leaders insightfulness reveals the
way to really stop global warming as well as
creating the foundation to immensely improve
the health and welfare of people, animals, and
the earth everywhere.

All wise leaders of nations should be like President
Drnovsek and have the sense of justice to check
up from time to time the quality and the nature
of their own beliefs.

In the light of new data gained, in the presence of
new ideas accepted, the old belief may need to be
changed in its form or content.

In order to fully appreciate this incredible
President's viewpoints please visit:

http://www.evana.org/index.php?id=8653&lang=en

Please let me know that you received this
message.

For the sake of all humans, animals, and the
earth.

Arthur Poletti
Western Springs, Illinois

Author of the back to the future religious
fantasy: God Does Not Eat Meat
Read for free online at:
http://www.all-creatures.org/book/gdnem.html 

The awful wrongs and sufferings forced upon the
innocent, helpless, faithful animal race form the
blackest chapter in the whole world's history."
~Edward Freeman

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