#COP25 hypocrites line up for beef burgers while lecturing us on the climate dangers of meat

While Climate Heats Up, Environmental Advocates Line Up For Flame-Broiled Burgers

By James Taylor

Participants at the United Nations’ COP25 climate conference hypocritically formed long lines to buy Burger King flame-broiled hamburgers, all while the U.N. climate establishment lectures down to the rest of us about eating less meat.

Attendees pack the Burger King at the food court at COP25 Madrid. Photo by James Taylor. Click to enlarge photo.

Participants at the United Nations’ COP25 climate conference in Madrid in December hypocritically formed long lines to buy Burger King flame-broiled hamburgers, all while the U.N. climate establishment lectures down to the rest of us about eating less meat — and particularly beef — to stop climate change.

The U.N. publication “Livestock’s Long Shadow” claims,

“Livestock’s contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale and its potential contribution to their solution is equally large. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency.” The publication further notes, “At virtually every step of the livestock production process substances contributing to climate change or air pollution are emitted into the atmosphere, or their sequestration in other reservoirs is hampered.”


The United Nations also asserts, “Cattle-rearing generates more global-warming greenhouse gases, as measured in (carbon dioxide) equivalent, than transportation.

In an August 2019 Nature article titled “Eat less meat: UN climate-change report calls for change to human diet,” Hans-Otto Portner, co-chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, said, “It would indeed be beneficial, for both climate and human health, if people in many rich countries consumed less meat, and if politics would create appropriate incentives to that effect.”

“It’s really exciting that the IPCC is getting such a strong message across,” Ruth Richardson, executive director at the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, told Nature. “We need a radical transformation, not incremental shifts, towards a global land-use and food system that serves our climate needs.”

It may be exciting to some people that the United Nations is presenting such a strong message. It may be less exciting that U.N. climate conference participants form long lines to buy flame-broiled burgers when they think nobody is watching.

Indeed, Burger King easily had longer lines than any other food provider at the COP25 food court each time I checked in to see how they were doing.

Oddly, the menu did NOT include the meat-free climate friendly “Impossible Whopper”. Photo by James Taylor. Click to enlarge photo.

The U.N. hamburger hypocrisy comes as climate activists call on the United Nations to impose a “peak meat” deadline, taking effect no later than 2030, after which global livestock production and dietary meat consumption must begin a perpetual decline.

If global warming is truly an existential threat, the most dangerous threat of our lifetime, and caused largely by meat (and especially beef) consumption, then why do U.N. climate conference participants line up in droves to purchase Burger King hamburgers at their climate conference?

The answer is, they are hypocrites. If they were actually serious about their claim that manmade climate change will lead to human extinction if we don’t aggressively act now, they would be eating less beef and doing more conference calls instead of using petroleum-fueled jet planes by the tens of thousands to get to Madrid.’

James Taylor is Director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy at The Heartland Institute.

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January 10, 2020 10:09 am

Gee what a surprise. The do as I say, not as I do crowd is at it again.
Keep showing the hypocrisy. Take inspiration from Ricky Gervais who murdered the Hollywood do-gooders at their own party. It was a bloodbath and rightly so.
Keep pointing the finger, keep ridiculing them. Science facts alone are not enough.

Reply to  huls
January 10, 2020 12:13 pm


You mean Ricky Gervais the animal rights activist? link Something is going over my head for sure. Is this about a specific incident and can you supply a link?

Reply to  commieBob
January 10, 2020 12:35 pm

Try YouTube Ricky Gervais golden globes 2020

Bryan A
Reply to  sunderlandsteve
January 10, 2020 2:45 pm

He certainly left Tom Banks mouth hanging agap on several occasions.
Tried one of those “Impossible Whoppers” once. Didn’t look anything like their ads depict. It looked and tasted like the average veggie burger…bleah…
How do they cook the Whopper? Beef burger on a rolling grate that pulls the patties under a flame broiler and cooks the patty in a matter of minutes.
How do they cook the “Impossible” veggie patty? Same way, on the same grill, right next to the beef patties.
Perhaps they thought the cooking splatter from the beef burger would add more than a spray of Animal fat flavor onto their veggie patties?
Guess what, it does…none of those veggie patties are truly completely vegetarian, they all have some amount of beef patty residue on them.

Reply to  Bryan A
January 10, 2020 5:39 pm

Whenever I want a veggie thing from BK, I get the bean burger. It’s tastier than the impossible *and* the regular whopper.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Bryan A
January 10, 2020 5:45 pm

I do believe there is a class action being brought to court for exactly that reason.

Michael S. Kelly
Reply to  Bryan A
January 10, 2020 9:31 pm

After years of effort, I’ve finally bred a strain of cows whose meat tastes exactly like Brussels Sprouts. I plan to open a chain of restaurants. Anyone want to invest?

Reply to  Bryan A
January 10, 2020 10:29 pm

“I’m a meatatarian – it’s a life choice.”

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Bryan A
January 10, 2020 10:50 pm

As long as you don’t call it cow it might be worth the investment. It’s all about marketing after all. How about Mobile Sprout?

Bryan A
Reply to  Bryan A
January 10, 2020 11:50 pm

Michael S. Kelly January 10, 2020 at 9:31 pm
After years of effort, I’ve finally bred a strain of cows whose meat tastes exactly like Brussels Sprouts. I plan to open a chain of restaurants. Anyone want to invest?

Perhaps you could call it “Don’t Have A COW Mann” and hire Bart as a spokestoon

Mr Reynard
Reply to  commieBob
January 12, 2020 7:32 pm

Well ? Maybe..
He does support a Vegan Tiger,??
This Vegan Tiger diet consist of two vegans a day ..
Tiger fell marvelous …

Peterin MD
January 10, 2020 10:22 am

The “do as I say, not as I do” crowd, got love’um. NOT!

January 10, 2020 10:35 am

Did you see the prices? 10-14.20 Euro ($11-$16) for Big King™ meals. That’s one way to get people to eat less meat. Doing for food what California is doing for energy.

Reply to  Rob_Dawg
January 10, 2020 12:37 pm

California leads the way in more ways than one:


Hipsters bound for
This city fair
Once flowers wove
Into their hair

But times have changed
And now it’s cool
To grace “Frisco”
With your loose-stool
The sidewalks of
This tourist-trap
Are where most folks
Prefer to crap

While those bent on
A viral hit
Find Safeway’s aisles
The place to shit
And rubes put off
By your bare rump
Must understand
“It’s ‘cuz of Trump!”

Reply to  m
January 10, 2020 4:27 pm

“Must understand
“It’s ‘cuz of Trump!”

Specious falsehoods cause doubt in your entire ditty.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  ATheoK
January 10, 2020 5:21 pm

Pretty sure he was mocking the hipsters, not Trump.

Reply to  m
January 11, 2020 9:57 pm

We NEVER call it Frisco here. Cringe-worthy.

Reply to  m
January 12, 2020 9:02 am

I used to love to visit SF….the sights, the restaurants, sailing on the bay. But now the “city by the bay” is just the “sh–ty city”.

If this acts as some sort of vaccination for the rest of the US cities against the progrssive insanity, maybe it is ok.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Rob_Dawg
January 10, 2020 3:36 pm

Ah, but these b’stards are all on expenses paid for by their respective national taxpayers, i’ts NOT their own personal money, on that I’d make a small wager, even if they pay up front from their own wallets, they’d claim it ALL back on expenses!!!! It’s oh so easy when someone else is footing the bill, it’s also simply Human nature to be hypocritical & self-centered!

Adam Gallon
Reply to  Rob_Dawg
January 11, 2020 10:35 am

They’re all there on expenses.
Be using the minibar in their hotel rooms too.

January 10, 2020 10:40 am

ROFLMAO. Not just meat burgers, heaven forbid, but flame-broiled?!? And I bet they flew there using FF-burning jets. And took FF powered vehicles to get to & from the taxpayer/NGO-bought hotel rooms.

Reply to  beng135
January 10, 2020 1:29 pm

Those are non-organic flames. /sarc

January 10, 2020 10:42 am

..it’s all a $c@m

China and the developing world emits harmless CO2…….

Reply to  Latitude
January 10, 2020 12:10 pm

Latitude, why do we call China a “Developing Country” when it has the second largest economy in the world? Maybe I’m just throwing in a red herring, but I’ve been to China many times on oil related (gasp!) trips, and I really don’t get why people refer to it as a third world country. It ain’t.

Reply to  PeterT
January 10, 2020 1:31 pm

Because there are still huge swatches of China were people are very poor.
They are a large economy because they have a lot of people, not because they are all economically developed.

Michael S. Kelly
Reply to  MarkW
January 10, 2020 9:48 pm

China has 1.428 billion people, and a GDP of $12.24 trillion. The United States has a population of 327 million, and a GDP of $19.39 trillion. That’s $52,297 per capita production by the US, and $8,571 per capita production by China. A factor of 6:1 in productivity comes only through advanced development. China is “emerging,” but is not there yet. And the current regime represents a gigantic step backward.

Bryan A
Reply to  Michael S. Kelly
January 10, 2020 11:55 pm

That’s about 1.429b too many.

Patrick B
Reply to  PeterT
January 10, 2020 3:30 pm

Because that was the only way China was going to support the UN’s climate program – if they were exempt and possibly on the receiving end of the UN money spigot.

Reply to  PeterT
January 10, 2020 4:50 pm

PeterT – We call China a ‘developing country’ because this is a WTO classification that gives preferential status to ‘developing ‘ countries. But get this – the WTO rules allow member countries to ‘self-declare’ their Developed / Developing’ status! It is then up to other countries to argue a case to the WTO that a particular declaration is incorrect. Obviously no one has sucessfully appealed!

Clay Sanborn
January 10, 2020 10:52 am

God Himself would have approved of the world eating beef. When Peter, the Apostle, was in Joppa, God gave him a vision of all manner of animals being lowered in a sheet (three times). This vision from God was to show Peter, a Jew, that God had made all animals “clean” for eating. And it also signified that Gentiles were to be included to the salvation that Jesus provided for Jews thru His death and resurrection.

Peter’s Vision – Acts 10: 9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Clay Sanborn
January 10, 2020 5:25 pm

Sounds believable to me. Not.

Reply to  Clay Sanborn
January 10, 2020 8:27 pm

Clay Sanborn:
IF you read the story in context, you will get this: The point has less to do with diet than it does with racism. It was a metaphor, slapping Peter with a corrective rebuke on his treatment of people, not his choice of entree.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Clay Sanborn
January 11, 2020 2:52 pm

“God Himself would have approved of the world eating beef.”

Would have? not around anymore, I guess.

Ben Vorlich
January 10, 2020 10:53 am

This, from BBC Scotland is appearing on various places on the Internet. At home with the Thunbergs


D Anderson
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
January 10, 2020 11:57 am

When I watched that the first time I actually thought they were speaking Swedish except every once in a while an English word I recognized popped out.

Reply to  D Anderson
January 10, 2020 1:32 pm

I felt the same way when I watched a couple of people speaking Japanese.

J Mac
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
January 10, 2020 2:49 pm

Thanks for that, Ben!
Must be my long-ago Scottish ancestry, as I had little difficulty understanding those 2 characters.
Loved it!

Reply to  J Mac
January 10, 2020 4:57 pm

Even though I do have Scottish ancestry, (and Irish, English, Norman and Native American) it wasn’t hard to understand them. I found an occasional word difficult, but got the gist of every sentence.

Dialects and accents are like that. What comes across as impenetrable the first couple of times gets easier to understand with every conversation.

My wife and her sister are mimics when it comes to language accents. They immediately adapt and speak exactly as the locals talk. A trait I’ve envied several times as I may learn to understand people, my lingo is always that of an outsider with a coal cracker accent.

January 10, 2020 11:05 am

The sincere alarmists (kind of an oxymoron but…) actually believe that meat eating seriously damages the planet. So indeed it shows the extent of their selfishness and double talking hypocrisy that they line up for Whoppers. What a joke.

January 10, 2020 11:10 am

Are those onion rings in the picture? If you go to Madrid you should order some “Calamares a la romana”. They look like onion rings but they have squid instead of onion inside the ring. They have better taste and more protein. In some places you can also find them in a sandwich sub with lots of mayo inside, but I prefer them with no bread or mayo.

That way you can eat meat (is squid meat?) without anybody noticing.

Reply to  Urederra
January 12, 2020 1:39 am

…apart from the fact that everybody knows Calamares is an animal. Btw it is classified as fish, not meat. If you really want to enjoy them than baby squid with garlic is the way to go. You will eat the plate as well..

January 10, 2020 11:11 am

Like Harrison Ford and all those clowns, I’m a vegetarian … between meals.

Reply to  Petit_Barde
January 10, 2020 4:11 pm

I’m part vegetarian myself.

Reply to  Petit_Barde
January 11, 2020 3:00 am

I’m a postmodern vegetarian. I only eat meat with a twist of irony.

January 10, 2020 11:14 am

Bigots: sanctimonious hypocrites.

William Haas
January 10, 2020 11:15 am

If they were really concerned about CO2 emissions they would have had the conference over the Internet so no one would have to travel. The technology has been available for decades.

January 10, 2020 11:21 am

The days those shmoes eat soyburgers is something I’m looking forward to. You know they’re just hypocrites with nothing going for them except demands for your cash and a lot of scolding. Eating animal protein is what makes us bigger and stronger than those cranks. They can just stuff it.

Bryan A
Reply to  Sara
January 10, 2020 2:53 pm

Fresh ground Tofuti Biest…yummmm
Or perhaps the flanks of the lesser Nauga

Reply to  Bryan A
January 10, 2020 5:07 pm

My Lazy Boy recliner is covered in Naugahyde.

Shouldn’t I be feeling guilty or something?

Bryan A
Reply to  H.R.
January 10, 2020 11:52 pm

Well they do only use the Soft Underbelly skins of the Nauga for furniture coverings. They are almost exactly seat cushion sized

January 10, 2020 11:27 am

In the face of relentless CAGW campaigning, there are those who complain that bots and trolls are spreading misinformation about the Australian bush fires.

Similarly, we’re getting a relentless campaign that we have to go vegetarian. The benefits are exaggerated. link

The MSM and academia are silent as we’re being fed half truths and outright lies about climate and diet. On the other hand, when it appears that there may be some exaggeration in the other direction, they’re all over it. Hypocrisy writ large.

January 10, 2020 11:48 am

Speaking from New Zealand where 99% of all beef is grass fed and a lot is reared on land far to steep to cultivate .
The attack on animal production started with the UN report “Livestock’s Long Shadow ” which looked at countries where cattle goats and sheep are herded and eat every thing that is edible ,stripping the country side bare .It then went on to look at industrial type farming where most animal fodder is grown elsewhere and fed in feed lots.
It then adds 2 and 2 together and gets six,for example it comes up with an amount of water that each kilo of beef requires to be produced and in New Zealands case all land would be under water if that was true .
By far the worst claim is that animal farming emits more green house gasses than the world transport sector.
This claim is a straight out lie as farmed animals eating forage grown locally do not emit one additional atom or molecule containing carbon .
All forage eaten by farmed animals has absorbed CO2 from the air and the minute amount of methane emitted during digestion is soon broken down in the upper atmosphere into CO2 and water vapour .
The process is a cycle and over any time span no additional Carbon as CO2 or CH4 is added to the atmosphere ,
We all breath out 5% CO2 so to make the same argument we are all emitters just by breathing .
Of course it is a cycle and is no different than the methane from farmed animals .
No one has countered this fact but come up with stupid arguments that methane is so much more potent than CO2 .
95 % of all transport fuels are extracted from below the earths surface where they have been locked up for millions of years and they are all additional emissions which must be a small part of increasing atmospheric CO2.
The concerted attack on farmed animals is misguided as milk and meat products contain many unique proteins that fruit and vegetables cannot provide.
Proud to be a farmer feeding the world with milk and beef .

Reply to  Gwan
January 10, 2020 1:12 pm

Proud to be a farmer feeding the world with milk and beef .

Thanks for the meal! 🙂

Reply to  PaulH
January 11, 2020 4:03 pm

Paul H if you live in the USA or many other countries a great deal of the burger patties contain New Zealand bull beef which is very lean and carries little fat.
Bull beef is imported into many countries to mix with fatty trimmings to make burger patties .
If you eat burgers from most of the burger outlets you could be eating New Zealand beef.
McDonald’s had a facility in South Auckland where they manufactured their burger patties for all of New Zealand and had a very good export market as far away as Singapore and Hong Kong.
So enjoy your next burger Paul and you now know that you are not adding to gloBULL warming.
Proud to be a farmer supplying a burger treat to the world.

Reply to  Gwan
January 10, 2020 2:01 pm

Trader Joe’s, a niche grocery in parts of the US has many NZ cheeses. Wonderful. Keep up the good work.

Reply to  Gwan
January 11, 2020 12:45 am

Good comment.
There are approximately 95million cattle in USA, 25m in Australia and 10 m in New Zealand.
They provide two(2) things meat and dairy product.
In India there are approximately 300m cattle, use for four (4) things.
Transportation and farm cultivation
Religious purposes.
The amount of emissions from non meat purpose cows in india is probably more than the emissions from Meat purpose cattle in USA,Australia, and New Zealand combined.
The ipcc should tell Indians they must get rid of their sacred cows.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Waza
January 11, 2020 2:05 am

The IPCC don’t know Hindus. Oh wait! There will only be one world Govn’t, one world religion.

Sure. Plenty of evidence that won’t work. Sorry to piss on the UN’s “StarTrek” vision of THIS planet. Conforming to a “set of standards”, set by someone who has not experienced the real world, as well as cultural and individual needs, won’t work.

Unless you drug people. CA, anyone?

D Anderson
January 10, 2020 11:50 am

Chew as I say not as I chew:

mr bliss
January 10, 2020 11:51 am

Don’t eat as we eat – Eat as we say

January 10, 2020 12:36 pm

All cows are equal, except some cows are more equal. apologies to G.O.

January 10, 2020 12:52 pm

I guess the bug restaurant was closed.

But really? Supporting western paternalistic colonial privileged corporatism, while chomping on Clarabelle?

John Ulmer
January 10, 2020 1:17 pm

Just ruined all the Indiana Jones movies, for me.

Tom in Florida
January 10, 2020 2:40 pm

Did anyone inform them that 100% beef burgers doesn’t tell you which parts of the animal they are using, only that all parts used came from cows?

John Minich
January 10, 2020 3:24 pm

I understand that in the U.S.A., before mass hunting, there was an estimate of about 6,000,000 American Bison (buffalo) living and producing “green house gasses” in addition to other herbivores. Add the other continents and how much CO2 and CH4 might have been produced before the industrial age began ? It’s fun to note that people are omnivores, not herbivores. Since these “climate” fanatics want to stop producing petroleum and natural (organic!) gas, will they refuse everything using plastic parts, like cars, airplanes, trains, computers, furniture, lamps, boats, windmills (“turbines”), ad nauseum? We must not forget fiberglass and carbon laminates using resins.

Reply to  John Minich
January 10, 2020 4:17 pm

Just one 5 MegaWatt plastic composite blade weighs 17 tons. So every 3 blade 5 MW windmill at decomisioning requires landfill space for 51 tons. Plus it needs an incredible amount of resources to be able to dispose of it.

Apparently there is money to be made in green energy projects on both ends. It’s a win-win for some – except for the electricity customer.

Bryan A
Reply to  gringojay
January 10, 2020 11:59 pm

Boy, talk about waste plastic in landfills, 1 wind turbine 51 tons… W O W

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Bryan A
January 11, 2020 12:49 am

That is just the blades.

Reply to  John Minich
January 11, 2020 3:17 am

Add to that the production of car tyres and the bitumen that make up most of the roads around the world etc., etc., and all the other so called fossil fuel derivatives which are actually hydrocarbons.

Linda Goodman
January 12, 2020 4:35 pm

Harrison Ford and his ‘elite’ pals don’t want to share ‘their’ land with the rest of us anymore, they’re just too rich & pretty to mingle with the masses. And the solution is CLIMATE CHANGE! To Save The Planet we must be force-migrated into ‘low C02’ stack & pack cities with smart meter surveillance and highly restricted mobility. But don’t be sad, we’ll catch an occasional glimpse of the New Gods of Earth when they pass overhead in their flying cars and litter the cracked cement with signed glossies. BUT Orange Man Bad derailed their collective psychosis, so never mind.

Linda Goodman
Reply to  Linda Goodman
January 12, 2020 8:59 pm

Two of many show their contempt..

“I just can’t live in New York anymore. Everything I hated about L.A. I’m beginning to crave. L.A. is a place where you live behind a gate, you get in a car, your interaction with the public is minimal.” – Alec Baldwin

“Among them was aging celebrity turned man-made-global-warming theorist Robert DeNiro, who ridiculed his homeland, referring to it as a “backward country, a place where science once reigned and lately has been replaced by ignorance.”
Creepy “World Government Summit” Targets America, Freedom

Robert DeNiro, cutthroat real estate mogul, but the media never exposes the ‘elite’ in Hollywood or DC…
“A CHORUS OF VOICES from the Caribbean island of Barbuda is accusing Robert De Niro of being part of a backroom effort to exploit a devastating hurricane to fundamentally change the island’s communal land ownership law in the interest of developers — changes opposed by many Barbudans, but which could aid the actor’s controversial plans to build a large luxury resort called Paradise Found Nobu.”

Linda Goodman
Reply to  Linda Goodman
January 13, 2020 6:56 am

And the ENTIRE media ignores the real purpose of the climate change fraud, ecofascist world government. It’s the kind of feudalism psychotics dream about – while the ‘fat American’ masses eat mealworms & maggots, huddled around dung fires, the ‘elite’ feast on every delicacy known to man, kept warm by the best 21st century technology. So the ‘conservative’ press pretends the scam is all about money from thin air, when that’s only the lure for supporters. Even resident expert James Delingpole is silent about AGW’s true purpose, since once the hard truth reaches critical mass the feudal motive of every ‘elite’ attacking the President is revealed and this diabolical deception fails. So they’re keeping their media flying monkeys silent and waiting out his terms and intend to crack down with a vengeance. So it’s imperative that the hard truth is trumpeted far & wide so they fail and prophecy never comes to pass.. I’m no bible thumper but here’s some ACTUAL science: carbon is 6 protons, 6 neutrons & 6 electrons; the human body is carbon-based and carbon cards, then chips are intended to replace cash should this monstrous fraud prevail.

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