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Texas: Good Manners?

     The excellent C-Span program on President Lyndon Baines Johnson, to which we devote a special posting, featured a discussion of cattle with the ranch manager. If the following item is correct, the polite interviewer was unwittingly rude. Texan WAISers, please comment:

     Cathie Adams ( reports from Bonn, Germany, at the Fifth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 5) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
     "As a Texan, let me explain to outsiders that it is rude to ask a Texas rancher how many cattle he owns or how many acres are on his ranch. When the United Nations asks, then, how many cattle a rancher owns because they want to figure how much methane gas they produce, it's beyond insult; it's outrageous!
     "The UN is worried that cattle produce one of the "global warming" gases: methane. They are considering a "rule" that would force Texas ranchers to declare how many cattle they own and what they feed them in order to estimate how much "global warming gas" they produce! The delegates are also to determine what the "consequences" will be if the U.S. fails to comply with that target. It is conceivable that in the near future the UN will "rule" that global citizens become vegetarians in order to reduce methane gas levels!"

Ronald Hilton - 11/13/99