2020 Dem Yang Says He’ll Get People to Stop Eating Meat by Taxing Producers to Make It More Expensive

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang is sharing his plan on how he’ll get people to cut down on their meat consumption to combat climate change.

During Thursday’s climate change forum hosted by MSNBC, the 2020 Democrat was asked by an audience member about “what policy adjustments” he’d make to “curb expansion and reduce the environmental impact of the cattle industry” in order to “reduce demand.”

While noting the cattle industry is “energy expensive,” Yang said he’d want cattle producers to “internalize the cost of emissions.”

“Because if your cattle ends up polluting a lot, which they do just naturally — we don’t hate them for it, they’re just animals. […] So then what that would naturally do — and some people are going to hate this — but it’d probably make those products more expensive,” he said. “And that is appropriate because there’s a cost to producing food in that way.”

Yang continued, “And so if you were to make it more expensive, then you would end up changing consumption patterns over time.”

MSNBC’s climate forum is a two-day event held at Georgetown University where students are able to ask presidential candidates about their climate change plans.

Watch the video below:

During the last climate change town hall on CNN, Yang was asked about if American’s should change their eating habits, in which he said it would be good if they did “eat less meat.”

“So I think it would be healthy on an individual and societal level to move in that direction,” he said, adding, “But again this is a country where there is a lot of individual autonomy and so you can’t force people’s eating choices on them. All you do now is try to shape our system so that over time we evolve in a productive way.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was also among those during CNN’s town hall who said they’d consider changing laws surrounding meat consumption, as IJR previously reported.


  1. UPDATE = 9/21/2019.

    All 19 of the 2020 anti-American HYPOCRITES are heading to Iowa for a ‘STEAK” and baked potato dinner today and to pander for votes. Maybe Yang will skip the steak and have some freshly dug dirt with fellow nut job Bozo O’Rourke.

    Another of the Socialist Elitist “Do as I SAY; NOT as I DO” dictates to ALL of us in the lower class who will be required to follow the brown shirts in lockstep. To whom do WE say “Heil” with our straight right arm salute?

  2. Phyllis.. How did that work out for America? Record GDP, 4 millions new jobs, record or near record unemployment for all demographics, highest wage growth in 2 decades, highest stock market in history. New and better NAFTA deal, new Japan deal, better Europe deal and more fair deals being negotiated with China, India, and the rest of the world. But other than that… oh wait.. Demolished ISIS, VA accountability act, reduced prescription drug prices, experimental treatments for terminal patients, energy independence, convinced Mexico to aide in illegal border crossings. Do you really want me to go on?

    We get it.. you hate Trump. At least when Obama was President I gave him credit for his positive accomplishments. You lefties won’t even do that.

  3. Andy,

    Your transparent and feeble efforts at bribery ($1000/month for a year) are pitiful.

    I notice how YOU never say or your family have given up meat. If you cannot set an example and persuade them, then what good are you?

    You’ve also never called out Pete The Butt for his lavish use of private jets. His feeble excuse that he needs to keep tabs on “his city” are lies. Flight logs show less than 10% of his flights were to his hometown.

    Speaking of sources of pollution and disease, let’s hear your ideas for dealing with the homeless, especially in CA.

    1. Hey. after the 2016 primary elections with BOTH parties should give you pause. Trump campaigned on the usual transparent and feeble R FREE STUFF of free tax cuts but WON the nomination on a FREE WALL! Sanders lost the D primary but the Bernie Bros could not support Hillary because she would not commit to Bernie’s “never going to pass Congress” FREE STUFF. You give the American electorate in WI, PA, OH, NC, FL, and MI MUCH more credit than they deserve! Once again, I must add that if Americans DO NOT reduce their meat consumption to benefit their OWN health, there is NO CHANCE those folks are going to reduce meat consumption to benefit the environment. If you are going to call someone a liar as you have Mayor Pete, please provide the evidence to support your allegation.

  4. This guy continues to be a low grade, low percentage, hanger on joke! IF eating meat from farting cows causes the so-called “climate change”; is Yang going to tax the American people per fart; or is there a bulk rate for humans? OR, tax me for my farting dog?

    I cannot believe the volumes of utter stupidity which is being presented by this gaggle of clowns. And, none of them seem to be the slightest bit embarrassed; which continues to prove MY point: #Socialists-R-Idiots.

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