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James Delingpole examines Jeremy Paxman’s belief that the BBC isĀ smug, wasteful and unfair.
The BBC is a smug and wasteful “closed corporate culture” whose special, licence-fee-subsidised status “hugely distorts the marketplace.”
Well we knew all this already of course but it’s interesting to hear it from the mouth of one of the BBC’s starriest presenters, Jeremy Paxman.
Interviewed in theĀ Guardian, he talks about his love-hate relationship with his employer.
āIt is smug. I love the BBC in many ways, but at the same time it has made me loathe aspects of it, and thatās a very odd state of affairs. When I see people being given Ā£1m merely for walking out of the door, when I see Ā£100m being blown on that DMI [digital media initiative] thing, a stupid technical initiative like that, I start wondering: how much longer are we going to test the publicās patience?ā
He goes on: Read more »
We managed to defeat Helen Clark’s plans to impose fart taxes on the nations cattle.
The battle is only beginning in the US where a wider ranging fart tax is being proposed.
Last month, the President releasedĀ a climate action planĀ designed to cut methane emissions.
If you are a cow, be afraid. Be very afraid.
The same goes for humans.
The plan outlines voluntary measures, such as a āBiogas Roadmap,ā to reduce dairy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Thereās concern though that these measures merely represent the tip of the iceberg.
Agriculture accounts for only aboutĀ 8 percentĀ of all greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Within that 8 percent, theĀ second largestĀ source of agriculture emissions is enteric fermentationāthe digestive process that leads to cow methane emissions, which areĀ emittedin ways that are not appreciated at dinner parties. Methane emissions from enteric fermentation, while covering numerous livestock animals, areĀ overwhelminglyĀ from cows. Read more »