Friday, January 16, 2009

Red, White...and Green?

Environmentalism became a vitalizing force for Democrats in the 2008 election as primary candidates competed to propose the largest bureaucratic structure to rein in carbon emissions. After President Bush spent most of his eight year tenure denying any human impact on the global climate, it might be suspected that the left would let the pendulum swing too far in the other direction. But with a 4+ million inaugural celebration only days away, Mr. Obama is finding this task harder than expected:

The 600 private jets expected to fly visitors to and from the event will produce 25,320,000 POUNDS of CO2 -- Personal vehicles could account for 262,483,200 POUNDS of CO2 -- In the Inaugural parade, horses alone will produce more than 400 POUNDS of CO2 -- The total carbon footprint for the Inauguration will likely exceed 575 million POUNDS of CO2 -- It would take the average U.S. household 57,598 years to produce a carbon footprint equal to that of the new president's housewarming party...

Just like the well-intentioned imperative for a "green" Democratic National Convention in Denver last August, the steps being taken to make the inauguration more environmentally-friendly are proving themselves ripe for satire. According to The Hill:

But the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) is trying to be as green as possible, including a plan to scoop up all of the manure from the horses in the parade and sell it to a nearby farm.

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The PIC has planned to have 6,000 volunteers pick up recycling along the National Mall and the parade route after the day’s events.

And for the first time in history, the next American president is set to take the oath of office on a recycled, solid-blue carpet.

Wanting to protect the environment is great, and when it's the Democratic Party paying for it (like at their convention), none of my business. But when it's funded by taxpayer dollars ($49 million budgeted at this time), the desire to be green must be balanced against other social wants as well. Let's hope that the Obama Administration does a better job at this balancing act on Wednesday and afterward than it is on Tuesday.

1 comment:

Richard said...

Isn't Obama taking a limo through DC? Isn't that limo powered by gasoline which was drilled by--that's right--the evil oil companies?