In May of 2008, an unTelePromTered Obama made the following statement regarding the American lifestyle:

We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say “OK”.

The One has gone to great – even super human – lengths to lionize Europe’s role as a global leader. He has apologized profusely over and over about America’s tendency to ignore Europe’s feelings and opinions. I think it’s important to point out to whom Obama looks for leadership on the global stage. One of these players is none other than World Bank economist and British subject Lord Stern of Brentford. He is in full agreement with The One’s denouncement of the American lifestyle and Lord Stern boldly declares that the world must go vegetarian in order to “save the planet”.

Stop laughing. I’m not making this up. How dare you make such an insinuation! Saith Lord Stern:

I think it’s important that people think about what they are doing and that includes what they are eating. I am 61 now and attitudes towards drinking and driving have changed radically since I was a student. People change their notion of what is responsible. They will increasingly ask about the carbon content of their food.

He also predicted “people’s attitudes would evolve until meat eating became unacceptable”.

With due respect (however much or little that may be) to Lord Stern, the only time I consider the carbon content of my food is when I’m trying not to crispify whatever slab of meat I happen to be barbequing at the time. I grow very weary of euro-snobs lecturing me on what I should and should not eat and when I should and should not eat it. I mercilessly mock the PeTA people who insist that a Tofurkey is as good as the genuine bird for Thanksgiving.

In short, Lord Stern, if some animal has not been sacrificed for my meal, I consider it a side salad. As for the “gauntlet” you threw down before The One demanding that he attend the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, good luck with that. Barry didn’t fare so well there on his last trip and he’ll still be licking his wounds and nursing a grudge come December.

As for me, I’m going to go have a bacon double cheeseburger with chili cheese fries for lunch. After that, I might go test drive a Hummer. Why would engage in such carbon producing activities? Because I’m an American, and I can.