Burger King's "Global Warming Is Baloney" Signs Taken Down
Think global warming is all a big conspiracy? You're in good company. An intellectual think tank comprised of the smartest, most informed people in the word agrees with you. Wait, that's not true. Actually, it's Burger King, the famous fast food chain, that's on your side. Well, kind of.
Although the signs have since been taken down, several Burger King locations in the mid-southern United States briefly displayed messages that stated "GLOBAL WARMING IS BALONEY" on their exterior signs. The restaurants in question were all owned by Mirabile Investment Corporation (MIC), a management company based in Memphis, Tennessee.
Burger King's corporate offices have been quick to shoot down the message, saying that it's not in line with the company's official policy (Editor's note: fast food companies have official policies on matters like climate change?). The company pointed out that the locations in question are independently owned and operated.
Interestingly, Burger King's CEO, John Chidsey, has actually gone on record with his opinions regarding climate change. Chidsey called global warming "an overriding issue of important for the global community and people in general," when he attended the World Economic Forum earlier this year.
While it's clear that these signs were simply the result of a rogue and misinformed company, it does provide a chance to discuss how fast food affects climate change. After all, despite what Burger King's CEO says about the issue, the fact remains that his company's business model is hardly synonymous with sustainability. Meat-heavy meals and idling cars in drive-thus are not exactly positive steps towards a healthier planet. In fact, Burger King has previously been called out by ClimateCounts.org as a "choice to avoid for the climate-conscious consumer."