Scientists have found a new threat to the planet: Canadian beer drinkers.
The government-commissioned study says the old, inefficient “beer fridges” that one in three Canadian households use to store their Molson and Labatt’s contribute significantly to global warming by guzzling gas- and coal-fired electricity.
“People need to understand the impact of their lifestyles,” British environmental consultant Joanna Yarrow tells New Scientist magazine. “Clearly the environmental implications of having a frivolous luxury like a beer fridge are not hitting home. This research helps inform people — let’s hope it has an effect.”
UPDATE. Reuters reports:
If nothing is done to combat global warming, two of Florida’s nuclear power plants, three of its prisons and 1,362 hotels, motels and inns will be under water by 2100, a study released on Wednesday said.
Well done, Canadian beer drinkers. I hope you’re proud of yourselves.
UPDATE II. Canadian beer drinker Mark Steyn: “I’ve never felt prouder.”
UPDATE III. BIWOZ:
Well, I’ve got an old fridge and an upright freezer out in the garage.
They aren’t being used.
I’m going to go home tonight and turn them on.