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.
Speaking from a Safeway supermarket distribution center in Upper Marlboro, Md., Tuesday, President Obama is expected to announce a new round of EPA regulations aimed at limiting truck tailpipe emissions over the next two years. From the Associated Press:
The new round of fuel-efficiency standards would follow similar rules that have been finalized for the 2014-18 model years of that category of vehicles.
Under those standards, vehicle owners and operators stand to save $50 billion in fuel costs and use 530 million fewer barrels of oil, according to a White House fact sheet. Reduced fuel consumption from more fuel-efficient vehicles also means a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases that are blamed for the gradual rise in the Earth’s temperature.
Obama also was expected to announce that he’s ordering the Energy Department to provide companies that want to join an existing public-private partnership that was created to help speed up the introduction of clean, energy-efficient vehicles with specialized resources and the technical expertise they need to increase fuel efficiency and reduce fuel consumption.
Obama will also be trying, once again, to get Congress to work with him on related issues, re-requesting a $4 billion cut in the annual tax breaks awarded to the oil and gas industry. Some of that money would instead be used to research and develop alternative, energy-efficient vehicles. It’s unlikely that Congress, which rejected the idea the first time around, will agree to the idea.
Still, as the New York Times points out, this is third significant effort the Obama administration has taken on climate change in just five days: On Friday, Obama announced that he’ll be asking Congress to back a $1 billion “climate resiliency” fund to help communities adapt to the effects of climate change that are already being experienced, and on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry asked Indonesia to sign a major climate treaty committed to cutting carbon pollution.
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email firstname.lastname@example.org.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.