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.
Americans are cool with paying more for energy if it means saving the planet, a new poll from Bloomberg found.
Respondents agreed, 62 percent to 33 percent, that they would shoulder increased costs if it lead to a reduction in carbon emissions: the bargain, in other words, put forward by the EPA with its new regulations for existing power plants.
That means regardless of whether our energy bills skyrocket, as some critics claim, or EPA administrator Gina McCarthy’s assertion that “any small short-term change in electricity prices would be within normal fluctuations the power sector has already dealt with for years” is borne out, the majority of voters recognize that this is a sacrifice worth making.
“It is a rare poll where people responding will stand up and say ‘tax me,’” J. Ann Selzer, who conducted the poll, told Bloomberg.
But the results actually back up last week’s Washington Post-ABC News poll, which also found strong bipartisan support for climate regulation, even if it raised their monthly energy expenses by $20, and yet another study, from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, which also found that Americans support putting limits on carbon emissions.
It also means that politicians’ efforts to position themselves against the regulations may not be as advantageous as they think. While the poll turned up a whole bunch of skepticism about just how serious a threat climate change is and the positive health impacts of carbon regulation, it also found this: Of Americans who plan to vote in the midterm elections, more than half said they’re more likely to back “candidates who support measures to curb climate change.”
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.