Yeah, but how many carbon credits will they buy to “make it ok”?

Posted by: ST on September 22, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I swear, I am getting so sick of the hypocrisy:

(AP )To hear world leaders and others addressing the United Nations Summit on Climate Change, the threat could not be more real and the need more urgent to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

But in stark contrast to the earnest statements is the carbon footprint associated with their gathering.

It happens every autumn: midtown Manhattan becomes the motorcade capital of the world. Each foreign leader in town has a convoy of vehicles. Some of them, like President Obama’s motorcade, are 20-to-30 vehicles in length. It’s so long – it seems that when the front of it reaches the U.N., the back end is still back at his hotel.

Exacerbating the annual exercise in diplomatic gridlock are police actions, blocking intersections and closing streets for security to facilitate motorcade movements. It renders countless other vehicles immobile while waiting for motorcades to pass, their engines idling but still blowing exhaust into the midtown air

And yet our Energy Secretary has the nerve to tell the rest of America that it is they who “act like teenage kids” when it comes to energy?

When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will have to teach them a few lessons.

Speaking on the sidelines of a smart grid conference in Washington, Dr. Chu said he didn’t think average folks had the know-how or will to to change their behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

“The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” Dr. Chu said. “The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.” (In that case, the Energy Department has a few renegade teens of its own.)

The administration aims to teach them—literally. The Environmental Protection Agency is focusing on real children. Partnering with the Parent Teacher Organization, the agency earlier this month launched a cross-country tour of 6,000 schools to teach students about climate change and energy efficiency.

You know what they say – if you can get to them while they’re young, you can make them believe anything.

And BTW, any guesses on how big the carbon footprint will end up being for the “cross-country tour”?


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6 Responses to “Yeah, but how many carbon credits will they buy to “make it ok”?”


  1. Carlos says:

    Yeah, my guess is the carbon expenditure will be approximately 45 times what a big rig would do going from Seattle to Miami.

    The biggest difference, though, is the big rig would actually be DOING something useful, delivering goods needed in Miami, while the EPA will be filling children’s heads with unicorns and unkissed frogs.

  2. Steve Skubinna says:

    Whenever one of these parasites tells us “we” have ot do something, they mean “you.” As in, the rest of us. “We” have to change (i.e., reduce) our standard of living. “We” have to adjust (i.e., cramp) our lifestyle. “We” have to make sacrifices. “We” have to lower our expectations.

    As Glenn Reynolds frequently says, I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people telling me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.

  3. Kate says:

    LOL Steve….yeah, like how about the UN teleconference instead of this “show” court where they pass judgment on just the US! They all had to fly in and waste jet fuel, too. I think they should be charged a tax, err, user fee, er surcharge to convene in NYC to cover the carbon atrocity that occurs there called the UN.

    They should be made to use only electric cars, too. They should have to install solar panels and windmills to produce all the energy they waste….no better yet, if we could harness all the hot air they emit we could have a dandy steam-to-energy plant!

  4. Carol says:

    I sent an e-mail out to everyone I know about the carbon footprint hypocrite Michelle “My Bell” Obama left when she closed roads, inconvenienced thousands and took her escorted limousine to the market to buy her Asian lettuce, or whatever it was, ONE BLOCK AWAY! Sorry to say I just don’t think most Americans (sorry to say even some of my so-called friends) care about the hypocrisy. A lot of them voted for the Messiah (out of hatred of George Bush) and are still waiting for him to walk on water.

    My faith in America waking up deteriorates on a daily basis.

  5. Kate says:

    I had a thought, if they are closing down Guantanamo, why not donate the land to the UN and the can build a nice environmentally friendly UN headquarters and we can get them into a nice politically neutral environment, too. Of course, they would have to do without all luxuries that NYC has to offer (which they seem to indulge most frequently).