Halloween is the time of year for dressing up in outrageous costumes, trick-or-treating, corn mazes, and haunted houses. The Department of Energy has given a reason for Americans to be very afraid of Halloween.
According to Fox news, The Department of Energy website claims that Halloween pumpkins are a contributing factor to ‘climate change’ because when the pumpkins decompose they release methane. The government says that the methane is 20 times worse than carbon dioxide.
The Department of Energy warns that “with the passing of Halloween, millions of pounds of pumpkins have turned from seasonal decorations to trash destined for landfills, adding to more than 254 million tons of municipal solid waste produced in the United States every year. This Halloween, think of turning this seasonal waste into energy as a very important ‘trick’ that can have a positive environmental and energy impact.”
Not everyone agrees with the federal assessment of Halloween and the pumpkins that are used in celebration of the holiday. Larry Checkon, vice president of the Pennsylvania Giant Pumpkin Growers Association takes offense to the attack on the festive decorations. “They are a small part of the biomass that is out there, and this is just one of those things the government kind of clues in on occasionally, something to pick on,” Checkon said, “When you consider grass clippings, leaves and garbage, I really don’t think pumpkins are the problem.”
Are pumpkins part of the problem? Or is the government and their many agencies the problem?