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.
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.