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February 02, 2007

THE BIG GLOBAL WARMING PUSH IS UNDERWAY: I won't take it seriously until they ban private jets and stretch limos.

No, seriously. A Gulfstream III releases 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide an hour. How can we demand "sacrifice" from ordinary Americans when our leaders -- including those who call for the sacrifice -- are flying in jets like this? If commercial first-class isn't good enough, they should stay home.

UPDATE: Don Surber:

I saw Barbara Boxer on the “Larry King Show.” She said the debate is over. That statement of finality is more harmful than all the emissions from all the SUVs ever built. The politicians are using this to expand their power. This is the Patriot Act on steroids.

Like I said, I'll believe it when they give up private jets and stretch limos.

MORE: People wonder how a jet can emit more carbon dioxide by weight than it consumes in fuel. It's not hard, when you remember that the oxygen (making up more than 2/3 of the mass of C02) comes from the air, with the fuel supplying the carbon. The numbers I link above come from the anti-greenhouse Terrapass folks; I haven't independently checked them, but they seem reasonable to me.

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