2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
This should have been the first sign (and really, the only one needed) that Chris Abruzzo is unqualified to be Pennsylvania’s new secretary of environmental protection: During his confirmation hearing with the state’s Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee last week, he said the following:
“I’ve not read any scientific studies that would lead me to conclude there are adverse impacts to human beings, animals, or plant life at this small level of climate change.”
The only logical conclusion being, of course, that Abruzzo’s either never read any scientific study at all, or he’s relying on seriously questionable sources for his information.
Abruzzo, who was nominated to the position by Gov. Tom Corbett (R), then went on to explain that he does believe climate change is occurring and is “partially” attributable to human activity (how partial, he didn’t say).
However, he added, since climate change is a global problem, he believed Pennsylvania was already doing its “fair share” in combating it. Under his tenure, he said, he wouldn’t pursue new policies to address climate change.
Abruzzo partially retracted his comments later on in an interview with Philly.com, in which he “acknowledged that there are impacts” and agreed that “things like air pollution” can be harmful to humans. He also insisted that he was more forward-thinking on the issue than his predecessor, Michael Krancer. And yes, by that measure, he’s downright progressive.
Which is perhaps why, as ThinkProgress reports, the Senate Wednesday confirmed Abruzzo’s nomination 42-8.
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email email@example.com.More Lindsay Abrams.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.