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The White House will reportedly launch a major push to address “Climate Change” issues, starting Monday and running through the month of August. The campaign, designed to draw attention to the “carbon footprint” of manufacturing and coal-powered energy plants, will feature an unveiling of the President’s climate agenda ahead of the UN conference on Climate Change, set to take place later this year.
The President is intent on regulating carbon emissions – of any sort – as a pollutant. The White House plan itself seeks to lower carbon emissions from coal-powered energy plants by 32% by the year 2030, and to encourage the use of “alternative” electricity sources, including solar and wind.
But the President plans on delivering his sweeping energy reformation plan, at least in part, from a spot in the Alaskan Arctic circle. Given that he will take a massive entourage with him on his visit, including Air Force One, this single trip will more likely contribute to humanity’s carbon emissions rather than help reduce them.
Obama’s trip to the Arctic will emit lots of carbon dioxide — the very greenhouse gas he blames for causing catastrophic global warming. Yet as he’s prepared to emits tons to highlight why rising emissions are detrimental to the planet, he’s calling the EPA’s carbon dioxide rules for power plants “the biggest, most important step we’ve ever taken to combat climate change.”
Using calculations from the president’s flight to the Everglades for Earth Day, Obama will travel at least 3,361 miles from Washington, D.C., to Alaska’s Elmendorf Air Force Base (where Air Force One generally stops to refuel). During that trip, Air Force One will consume some 16,805 gallons of jet fuel, which emits more CO2 when burned than conventional gasoline.
The one trip, according to the Federal government’s own calculation, will emit over 350,000 pounds (161 metric tonnes) of carbon dioxide into the air. President Obama’s contribution to pollution (and, by extension, “global Climate Change”), then, is not insignificant. One trip to Alaska on Air Force One releases as much carbon dioxide into the air as 22 houses or 33 cars driving, without stopping, for a single year.
As the government is regularly asking consumers to cut back on energy use, even to the degree that their habits will have to change (the government would like to see, for example, Americans reduce greatly the amount of electricity they use until alternative fuel sources to coal are found), it’s interesting that they would take such a drastic step to convince Americans of that need.