I know that all of you are intensely aware of and concerned about your carbon footprint. Did you realize, however, that methane is actually a far bigger threat to the planet? Evidently there is a member of the British House of Lords who is really, really worried about the methane output of the Sceptered Isle’s population, and raised the issue in Parliament. According to theBBC:

Labour peer Viscount Simon, 73, raised concerns about the “smelly emissions” resulting from the UK’s unusually high consumption of baked beans.

He put energy and climate change minister Baroness Verma on the spot during the government’s daily question session in the upper chamber.

Lord Simon said: “In a programme some months ago on the BBC it was stated that this country has the largest production of baked beans and the largest consumption of baked beans in the world.”

To laughter from peers, he added: “Could the noble baroness say whether this affects the calculation of global warming by the government as a result of the smelly emission resulting there from?”

Appearing flummoxed, the minister replied: “The noble lord’s question is so… different.”

But she added: “The noble lord of course does actually raise a very important point, which is we do need to moderate our behaviour.”

Her answer should have been, “that’s the stupidest thing that has ever been said in the House of Lords, and that’s going some.” But it turns out that the viscount and the baroness are both competitors in one of Britain’s most-watched sporting events this year, so I’m guessing she didn’t want to give him any kind of an edge.

What’s the event? It’s hard to explain, so let’s go to the tape: