PETA to jowly Oscar winner: Save the planet by going veggie

This is a fun story for many reasons, not the least of which is the “Gore looks bloated” angle. (Which Drudge helpfully plays up through his choice of photo.) But the best part is what it portends: all manner of liberal special interest groups lining up to piggyback on the cause celebre du jour by tying their own, er, pet grievance into it. Look for atheists to start arguing soon that candles lit in Christian churches are one of the world’s leading causes of global warming.

This morning, PETA sent a letter to former vice president Al Gore explaining to him that the best way to fight global warming is to go vegetarian and offering to cook him faux “fried chicken” as an introduction to meat-free meals…

In the letter, PETA points out the following:

· The effect that our meat addiction is having on the climate is truly staggering. In fact, in its recent report “Livestock’s Long Shadow—Environmental Issues and Options,” the United Nations determined that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined…

PETA also reminds Gore that his critics love to question whether he practices what he preaches and suggests that by going vegetarian, he could cut down on his contribution to global warming and silence his critics at the same time.

Exit question: Can’t he just purchase some meat offsets by breeding horses or something?