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Bacon - is there anything it can't do?

The ability of bacon to cure all known ills has long been recognised, but now, thanks to the global warming movement, its day of reckoning may be near. It seems that the humble bacon butty is causing global warming.

I kid you not.

Researchers have come closer to understanding why fatty acids, emitted in significant quantities by fast food outlets cooking meat, persist for so long in the atmosphere.

Yup, and these particulates cause global warming.

The presence of particulate matter in the atmosphere is a major health concern and may ultimately have significant climate change implications. Reports suggest that around a third of directly emitted aerosols above central London come from cooking...

But as a cloud looms in the shape of an imminent (no doubt) ban on the English breakfast, there is at least a silver lining because it seems that oil-based biofuels are also a major factor in the rise in oil-based particulates. So we might also ask: biofuels - is there anything they can't ruin?

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Bish, your timing is immaculate.

Not thirty seconds ago I finished watching Dave Angel (Eco Warrior) extolling the merits of the Full English Breakfast.

Even the BBC dare not censor themselves, sometimes.

May 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

My fate as a denier was sealed around 1978/9.

I arose in my caravan, walked 4 miles then hitch hiked 25 miles to work at the Sullom Voe oil terminal in Shetland. First we had breakfast which consisted of 8 bacon rolls, 5 cups of coffee, 10 cigarettes and some fresh air. Most Glaswegians preceded that with a half bottle of vodka.

Happy days.

Disclaimer: this part of my life was indeed funded by BP.

May 29, 2014 at 3:10 PM | Unregistered Commenteresmiff

The presence of particulate matter in the atmosphere is a major health concern and may ultimately have significant climate change implications.

And it is also reported that the War on CO2, by encouraging the use of diesel over petrol engines, is rapidly increasing the amount of particulate matter over London.

Now I know why the Green/Left hates guns -- they always shoot themselves in the foot.

May 29, 2014 at 3:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterRick Bradford

Merkel Snubs Global Warming And Dumps The Solar Industry
By Andrew McKillop

No mention of bacon (or lard) here I'm, afraid.

May 29, 2014 at 3:39 PM | Registered CommenterEuan Mearns

It's time to reinstate the usage of the Tudor / Elizabethan pejorative "wantwit" in place if the spicier one beginning with F.

May 29, 2014 at 3:47 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Looks like we'll all have to move to eating long pig instead of short pig.

And be sure to eat plenty of Greens....:o)

May 29, 2014 at 3:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterSpartacusisfree

tomo - is that whence the word "twit" derives?

Having just spent a weekend on one of the Northern isles eating a fully-fried brunch every day, I was a bit worried about the effect on my health. Now I see I've been frying the earth as well.

All I can say is - goodbye cruel world, you tasted good.
Apart from the L*dl sausages.

May 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM | Unregistered Commenterkellydown

tomo, "wantwit". That i also looks ripe for editing.

May 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

But what does this mean for trougher Tim..?

May 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp


"Today her coalition government has no alternative but to accept empirical evidence and back off from an economic catastrophe – that could have been avoided"

I hope DECC are reading that!

May 29, 2014 at 4:10 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp
Sit down and relax and watch this video.
It will take two hours of your life but by the time it has finished,
you will be ravenous.
Get your frying pan out and cook yourself a guilt free fryup.

May 29, 2014 at 5:08 PM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

"The vast majority of harmful particulate matter is natural" is my guess
- anyone like to show evidence to contractict that ?
My guess at major sources is : sahara, volcanos, pollen like pine etc

May 29, 2014 at 5:12 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

James, someone at DECC can read? Seriously, I do a weekly mail shot that includes about 100 folks in DECC senior management.

May 29, 2014 at 5:34 PM | Registered CommenterEuan Mearns

'aerosols' have they spelled that right?

May 29, 2014 at 5:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnoneumouse

And just keep your eyes on those wantwit weasel words:

"have come closer", "may", "Reports suggest".

Looks like post-normal science to me.

May 29, 2014 at 5:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterDr K.A. Rodgers

To expand on what Rick Bradford wrote is this piece about particuylates fro diesels:

May 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM | Unregistered Commenteroeman50

I'm shocked - does it mean this man is now a climate criminal?

May 29, 2014 at 6:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlex Cull

Is hog roast ok?

May 29, 2014 at 6:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

Alex. Indeed he is. E.On got a £20 billion planet saving nuclear contract.

Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband's girlfriend is to be barred from working on government contracts after it emerged she has represented one of the world's biggest energy companies.

The move came as Whitehall mandarins sought to avoid any accusations of a potential conflict of interest between the couple, who are expecting their first child later this year.
Details of their relationship emerged at the weekend, forcing Mr Miliband's office to clarify the position of his girlfriend regarding her involvement in government contracts.

Read more:

May 29, 2014 at 6:40 PM | Unregistered Commenteresmiff

The powers that be are obviously all-in on climate change, no matter how stupid they become.


May 29, 2014 at 6:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterBad Andrew

Tomo has reintroduced a useful word. Want- wit is someone with a lack of sense or a fool.

So, we seem to have found a perfect word for the agw fanatics. It's much used in chaucers Canterbury tales and as Chaucer lived through an especially warm era it seems ironic as well.

So, who wants to email Michael Mann and introduce the word to the want- wit community?


May 29, 2014 at 6:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterTonyb

I rather liked wantwit after finding it dotted around some 15th / 16th Cent. stuff I've been reading - I tried it out on some friends and colleagues and nobody flinched or batted an eye. They certainly seemed to accept its intended meaning and a couple even started dropping it in their conversation and emails.

I found my exasperation dealing with fools and hubris interfering in various bits of my life that the lexicon of sexually loaded words falls short or offends the faint of heart. Wantwit seems to work atm because is does what it says on the tin in a fresh way :-)

May 29, 2014 at 7:18 PM | Registered Commentertomo

"Is hog roast ok?"

No way. A few years back we decided to do a church parish hog roast - all invited no cost.
Local animal rights loonie objected and we got hate mail and death threats. Had to call it off. As it happened it poured on the day, so they did us a favour really.

May 29, 2014 at 8:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterPhilip Foster

May 29, 2014 at 8:25 PM | Philip Foster

Oh no, not death threats! Now you know what poor Phil Jones feels like....

/sarc off

May 29, 2014 at 8:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterRob

The real reason for a ban is surely that Miliband can't eat a bacon sandwich without looking odd. Climate is just the kind of excuse he prefers.

May 29, 2014 at 9:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterIt doesn't add up...

But, but, what about:-

The British Sausage

May 29, 2014 at 9:43 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

Would it be better for the environment if everyone were to eat halal or kosher food? What do the climate models say?

May 29, 2014 at 10:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoy

Philip Foster - the law of unintended consequences works in strange ways.

May 29, 2014 at 10:50 PM | Registered Commenterdavidchappell


I always thought it was "Lackwit"?

Does that mean you can have a clusterlack?

May 29, 2014 at 10:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterRightwinggit

Well, if the English breakfast can have significant climate change implications (presumably they mean positive not negative forcing), then CO2 sensitivity must be lower.

May 29, 2014 at 11:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterDocBud

as the dutch guy said: we might not live in chaucer'sh time but we hayf flying chausers !

May 29, 2014 at 11:14 PM | Unregistered Commenterptw

It appears (okay I have this from the marketing text on the packaging, if we were to extrapolate on that one, obama would have succeeded by hard work and study ) it appears pork rind is very very healthy? all the right fats(omega you name it, and not saturated at all)

rind means beef , in for thought

May 29, 2014 at 11:19 PM | Unregistered Commenterptw


You touch on another point which could be used to justify a ban on the cooking of pigs. If the atmosphere is full of pig fat then it is haram and non-kosher. To be culturally sensitive, bacon butties should be banned so that the adherents of those religions which regard pork as unclean can breathe without committing a sin.

Any news on the presence of alcohol fumes and sugar particulates in the atmosphere?

May 29, 2014 at 11:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterDocBud


I became a 'denier' when I saw Sid Vicious sing "Uh, She's something else!" I mean you either like it or you hate it and I loved it!

But talking about bacon and bacon butties, wasn't it that that decided the election? - the reason why us dumb oiks, 'like', voted! ? Perhaps Cleggy was just being so delicate because he knew he might've contributed to the Apocalypse!?

May 30, 2014 at 12:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterLewis Deane

Sorry, not Cleggy but Millipede, neither of whom could hold a candle to my old friend, Six. Meteors and midgets.

May 30, 2014 at 12:19 AM | Unregistered CommenterLewis Deane

Why would you even study bacon? A capital offense!

May 30, 2014 at 1:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterGamecock

In order for the light to shine so brightly,
the darkness must be present.

F bacon

May 30, 2014 at 1:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterPtw

I am now a vegan and apologise for any offence or actual death suffered by pigs during that part of my life. I was only 24 and not responsible for my actions. I refuse to apologise for Sullom Voe because it has nothing to do with global warming.

May 30, 2014 at 1:48 AM | Unregistered Commenteresmiff

The fat should be eaten and not allowed to escape! As the University of Graz research cited by Pierre Gosselin shows, higher meat with saturated fat content consumption correlates with better health than vegetarians achieve.

May 30, 2014 at 3:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterBetapug

As soon as I read "The presence of particulate matter in the atmosphere is a major health concern and may ultimately have significant climate change implications." I thought of those poor, poor progressives, who've bought diesel cars.

For about the last 10 years, I've have been telling anyone who'll listen (no many) that diesel cars = real pollution.
But because the INTENT is good, then diesel cars "Good", fried eggs and bacon, consumed* by readers of the Daily Mail and Sun, "Bad".

*we know how progressives despair of working class people and their (relatively) uneducated ways.

May 30, 2014 at 3:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterClunking Fist

One of the things I rapidly learned to love about England, soon after arriving there, was 'The Full English'. This is a magnificent gastronomic invention that does not require a qualified chef for its production. I soon learned, too, that the little 'working class' caffs do it very well, and that most British manual workers do a full day's work with no lunch break. I grew up as an agricultural labourer in NZ where we regarded two hour 'runs' as an absolute maximum for doing hot and heavy work before stopping for tea, mutton sandwiches, scones and fruit cake.
Perhaps a 'Full English' would have been a superior option, but our workers' unions would have had conniptions if we had not been allowed meal breaks every two hours each day.

May 30, 2014 at 4:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlexander K

#facepalm you wonder why the environmentalists and AGW proponents don’t target tobacco in the same way as they go after other silly stuff like this, honestly from the wasteful use of farming it over say food crops to the emissions in both in distribution and consumption. As I understand it the CO2 can be argued away in the same way as bio fuel but not the Methane, then again I saw the pictures of the anti fracking camps and saw them puffing away next to children are they missing the hypocrisy?

May 30, 2014 at 7:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterJaceF

As no-one seems to have mentioned it yet, one of the early classics from the Daily Mash is surely apposite:

Leave Bacon Out Of It, Health Experts Warned

(warning - not really worksafe)

I am also reminded of a funny tweet by Douglas Carswell last year:

"If vegetarians love animals so much, why do they eat all their food?"

May 30, 2014 at 8:18 AM | Registered Commenterlapogus

@ JaceF

You have a point when you ask about the environmental implications of growing tobacco. I think that particular net should be cast wider. What do the Greens make of marijuana? Smoking Weed obviously contributes to CO2 emissions as well as other chemicals, some in the form of particles.

May 30, 2014 at 9:12 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoy

The ludicrous nature of the results of this kind of 'research' is irrelevant as far as the drama-greens are concerned. What they are doing, and doing very successfully, is maintaining a level of background noise that pushes the climate change message from all media outlets. It is a form of subliminal messaging. That is why the BBC invited departments such as comedy to its famous editorial meeting. Hit the public from all angles with the same propaganda.

May 30, 2014 at 10:37 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteve Jones

It is now clear why a warmist, like Miliband found it so difficult to eat a bacon sandwich.

May 30, 2014 at 11:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Stroud

Slightly off-topic - but seen in Morrisons today:

'Free range outdoor reared pork sausages..'

Ahhh, bless - just picture the little fellas running round in the grass going 'weeeeee....!'

(My wife worries about how my mind works...)

May 30, 2014 at 12:26 PM | Unregistered Commentersherlock1

The traditional English Breakfast is plainly disgusting. It makes maybe some sense for outdoor
tradespeople who cannot afford the time out of a lunch break or something.

German/Austrian breakfasts with lots of different breads cheeses and jams and cut meats fruit salads and yoghurts are marvellous.

One English thing that is really good though is the bacon rolls. Fresh fried bacon in a round roll..very tasty. and not immediately the full 3000 calories.

May 30, 2014 at 2:10 PM | Unregistered Commenterptw


A 'full English' is one of the glories of what we used to call 'the greasy caf'', it was and still is a staple of the working class and those that need to recover from the 'night before' (no better cure for a hangover, if you can keep it down). Unfortunately they're becoming rare, hidden and almost like secret clubs or cult mysteries.

The German bratwurst breakfast may well be 'nicer' but can it compete with the romance of a 6 am summer morning in Spitalfields after a hard 'nights work'.

OT: Millipede, to misquote Dorothy Parker: "We don't make passes at the working classes."!

May 30, 2014 at 2:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterLewis Deane

"Miliband can't eat a bacon sandwich without looking odd"

If he's worried about that, he's in the wrong job!

May 30, 2014 at 5:20 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

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