A Beefy argument surrounding Biden’s new climate plan

A social media post communicated misleading information regarding the president’s climate change plan

By Victor Ortiz, Jr., Writer

An infographic bearing the Fox News brand was posted from the social media account of several public figures this past weekend suggesting that President Joseph Biden’s plan on climate change required Americans to reduce their red meat consumption by “90 percent, equating to one burger per month and four pounds per year,” but the president’s plan doesn’t state this.   

 “Not gonna happen in Texas!,” was tweeted from the account of Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas.

retweet of Mr. Abbott’s tweet was posted from the account of Gov. Brad Little of Idaho stating, “Idahoans also have beef with this agenda and for dinner!”

Mr. Biden’s climate change plan, known officially as the American Jobs Plan does not mention decreasing beef from the American diet nor mention any dietary recommendations. A few items that the president’s plan does outline is focused on:

  • Proposals in strengthening the American economy.
  • Clean energy infrastructure that will create jobs and ensure that all Americans are drinking clean water
  • Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Shortages and lessoning the burden of affordability. 
  • Restoration of the nation’s slowly crippling roadways, bridges and more.
  • Creation of jobs.
  • Equity.
  • Investment in schools and more.

“I want to build a critical infrastructure to produce and deploy clean technology. Both those that we can harness today, and those we’ll invent tomorrow,” said Mr. Biden in a global Leaders Summit he hosted last week. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Michigan were both referenced in the infographic as sources.  

The USDA website does not mention the president’s climate change plan. It does include datasets that go into estimates on the amount of animal product humans consume per year.

The University of Michigan published an article using a USDA dataset and hypothesized that in order to reduce carbon emissions there would need to be an estimated 90 percent reduction of beef. 

Fox News acknowledged their error this past Monday and apologized for presenting misleading information. 

“On Friday we told you about a study from the University of Michigan to give some perspective on President Biden’s ambitious climate change goals. That research from 2020 found that cutting back how much red meat people eat would have a drastic impact on harmful greenhouse gas emissions,” said co-anchor John Roberts. 

“The data was accurate, but a graphic and a script incorrectly implied that it was part of Biden’s plan for dealing with climate change. That is not the case.”

Mr. Biden has set an aggressive goal to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. 

It is unknown as to whether any of the tweets were authored directly by each governor or by one of their representatives. The tweets remain active. 

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