I moan and groan about Global Warming, and I’m a double skeptic, in the following two ways:

1) I’m not convinced that the CO2 produced by man is capable of warming the planet to any appreciable degree. I don’t think that has been shown.
2) Even if I were convinced that anthopogenic gases were heating the planet, I still think that the type of massive interventions and regulations being proposed would have more disastrous consequences than the carbon itself.

However, I try to be fair, and I am fond of playing Devil’s Advocate because I find it helpful to examine all sides of arguments, and one of the best ways to do this is to assume that what your opponents say is true, and use that as a starting point.
So, for the purpose of this blog post only, let me assume not only that the planet is heating up, but that our carbon is doing it, and that it is absolutely imperative that we put the brakes on those human activities which are most responsible for producing the carbon.
I have read repeatedly that the biggest single cause of carbon production is not the use of fossil fuels, but the human production of animals to be used as food.
In other words, our meat eating. Dr. Joseph W. Fox is a man whose general philosophy I disagree with, but he states the case rather eloquently:

The natural world is being turned into what some call a biological desert or industrialized wasteland by various human activities. Our singularly most damaging environmental footprint upon this planet, now recognized and documented by the FAO (1) is caused by our collectively costly and damaging appetite for animal produce. Some 3.2 billion cattle, sheep and goats are now being raised for human consumption, along with billions more pigs and poultry. These extensively and intensively farmed animals produce less food for us than they consume, and compete with us for water; they result in an increasing loss wildlife and habitat, and of good farmlands and grazing lands. Linked with deforestation, loss of wetlands, over-fishing and ocean pollution, our appetite for meat is the number one cause of global warming and loss of biodiversity.

OK, now meat-eating is either the number one cause of Global Warming or it is not. I’ve read about this phenomenon and commented upon it a number of times in this blog. I admit, I have enjoyed using it to poke fun at the Global warming crowd, greenie weenies, the vegans, and the animal rights crowd, because it’s not too often that so many leftists congregate on the same issue.
Well, I am being serious now. Let’s assume there is anthropogenic global warming. I have a legitimate, lingering question that has not been answered to my satisfaction.
Why is all the focus on the number two cause of Global Warming?
Isn’t it easier to ask Americans to switch to beans and tofu than to give up their cars and switch to bicycles? Aren’t high taxes meat easier to swallow than high taxes on oil?
As a skeptic, I’m not about to give up either one of my noxious addictions. But as addictions go, I think it would be easier to give up meat than to give up heat, and give up driving. I think most people, if they really thought about it, would find it far easier to give up meat than to give up oil, because we can live without the former, but not without the latter.
So why am I being told I’m addicted to oil, but not that I’m addicted to meat?
What am I missing?
AFTERTHOUGHT: To play my devil’s advocacy game fairly, I probably should factor the usual political hyperbole into the argument that meat is the number one cause of global warming. OK, let’s say it’s only the number two cause. That it’s not the number one cause, but it’s a major cause. There’s still a problem — because I hear and read about global warming constantly, and at least in the conventional mainstream media, the culprit is, simply (in a very steady drumbeat) oil, oil, oil.
Where’s the meat?
Can it be that we have an addiction that dare not speak its name?
UPDATE: I am not forgetting about methane — CH4 — which not only contains carbon, but which I mentioned in the last post about global warming. Again, my question is, if meat is a major cause of what the global warming proponents allege is happening, why is this being downplayed?