Right-wing US media outlet Fox News has admitted a host got it wrong after he claimed the climate plan of President Joe Biden would require Americans to give up meat.
During the 2021 Earth Day Summit earlier this month, Biden announced he would halve America's greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to address the emerging climate change emergency.
This drew the ire of Larry Kudlow, a former economic advisor to Biden's predecessor Donald Trump, who said it'd mean US citizens would soon have to adopt a plant-based diet.
"Get this, America has to stop eating meat, stop eating poultry and fish, seafood, eggs, dairy, and animal-based fats. OK, got that?" Kudlow said on Fox Business Friday.
"No burger on July 4. No steaks on the barbecue. I'm sure Middle America is just going to love that - 'can you grill those brussels sprouts?' You can throw a plant-based beer with your grilled brussels sprouts and wave your American flag. Call it July 4th Green.
"Now, I'm making fun of this because I intend to make fun of it. This kind of thing is stupid. It comes from a bunch of ideological zealots who don't care one whit about America's well-being - not one whit.”
Multiple media sources have debunked Kudlow's claim, and Fox News anchor John Roberts said the outlet had "incorrectly implied" that a 2020 academic study about consuming meat and greenhouse gas emissions was connected to the President's plan for tackling climate change.
Kudlow failed to mention that most beer is vegan and typically made from water, grain, hops, and yeast.
A 2013 study found people in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina ate the most meat annually.