Guinness Goes (Too) Green for St. Patrick’s Day


Green-GuinnessGuinness may be the most iconic beverage associated with the Emerald Isle, and today, St. Patrick’s Day, the world will consume an estimated 13 million pints of the quaff. We can probably assume that a significant portion of that consumption will be right here in the United States where 33 million Americans claim Irish heritage, a number that undoubtedly increases on March 17th every year. (Fun Fact: The number of Americans claiming Irish heritage is about seven times the population of Ireland itself.)

It is important to remember that many brands, especially in the beverage industry, are owned by multinational corporations. In the case of Guinness, the company helped form beverage giant Diageo in a 1997 merger. Today, Diageo is the world’s largest producer of distilled spirits and 2nd Vote has covered the corporation’s advocacy for same-sex marriage and support for pro-choice organizations like Susan G. Komen in the past.

However, 2nd Vote has also uncovered liberal advocacy on behalf of Diageo and Guinness on Environmental issues, as well. Diageo is listed as a signer of the Ceres Climate Declaration and Guinness has lent its name to the Brewery Climate Declaration, which is also sponsored by Ceres.

Ceres, and its business alliance BICEP, is a liberal environmental organization that has pushed for cap-and-trade policies. Ceres is also a major advocate for the radical environmental policies promoted at last year’s climate conference in Paris. The Daily Signal reported on how these policies could ultimately result in “economic retraction and a reduction in living standards”.

Conservatives should enjoy (responsibly) celebrating the color green today as it applies to cultural heritage. However, they should also be aware that too much green in their choice of quaff isn’t just from the food coloring.

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