Canadian beer fridges cause global warming?

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Study: Canadian Beer DrinkersThreaten Planet
Thursday , November 29, 2007



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.”

The problem is that the beer fridges are mostly decades-old machines that began their second careers as beverage dispensers when Canadians upgraded to more energy-efficient models to store whatever Canadians eat besides doughnuts and poutine.

University of Alberta researcher Denise Young, who led the study, suggests that provincial authorities hold beer-fridge buy-backs or round-ups to eliminate the threat — methods that Americans use to get guns off the streets.

3 Replies to “Canadian beer fridges cause global warming?”

  1. I saw this article and about choked. Fair and balanced? WHF is fox publishing this kind of stuff for.
    I like reading your blog. I’m deployed to Kuwait & Iraq right now and your blog reminds me that I’ll be home in a few months and I’ll be able to start my brewing again.

  2. Michael, take care over there, man. I want you to know that we can’t thank you enough for your commitment to our country and your service. If you ever find yourself in the Newark, DE area let us know. I am sure that there are several guys in the club (myself included) that would consider it an honor to buy you a beer and cough up some of our homebrew too, of course!!!

    You are an inspiration and hero. All my best wishes.

  3. Scott,

    Thanks for the invite. I’m actually stationed down at Dover and I plan on being home sometime in mid-April. I’ll have to look for when the next meeting will be after I return.

    I’ve also got a handful of partial mashes under my belt and I’m thinking about taking the next step and going AG. I’ve read all about it, but before I try that on my own, I’d like to go somewhere and help and see how it’s done. Not sure how much more equipment I need (like my wife will let me buy more home brew stuff).

    Cheers (I wish),

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