Halloween is the one time of year where Americans of all political stripes cut loose. There’s something for kids and adults. We dress up, we eat candy, we carve pumpkins, and we…destroy the environment? From Townhall:
Did you carve pumpkins into Jack-o’-lanterns with your children, friends or family? Well, you should be ashamed of yourself. Don’t you know that pumpkins cause global warming when they decay by emitting methane (the same thing emitted from the bowls of cows), which is a far more dangerous “greenhouse gas” than carbon dioxide? The government is here to warn you.
From the Department of Energy website:
At landfills, MSW [pumpkin] decomposes and eventually turns into methane—a harmful greenhouse gas that plays a part in climate change, with more than 20 times the warming effect of carbon dioxide (CO2). However, when MSW is used to harness bioenergy—rather than simply being thrown away—the end result benefits the environment and helps our nation become less dependent on carbon-based fuel. Harnessing the potential of bioenergy allows the United States to generate its own supply of clean energy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It also limits stress on landfills by reducing waste and could ultimately create jobs for manufacturing, installing, and maintaining energy systems.
This is the liberal notion of Halloween themed fun. An organization tasked with overseeing American energy policy, that has lavished billions in taxpayer dollars on politically connected energy companies that went belly up- is taking the time to lecture everyday Americans looking for a weekend diversion from their low paying jobs and mountains of student debt- about EXCESS!
Take a deep breath, eat some candy, and as they say in New York- fuhgeddaboutit!