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LAME DUCK IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD: Queen refuses to return to London to meet President Obama. “Instead, accompanied by his security circus, he’ll trundle to Windsor in his bomb-proof, seven-ton limo* for lunch…‘he’d be well advised not to give a pro-EU sermon over lunch after the row about the Queen supporting Brexit,’ says my source.”

* “Obama’s Carbon Admission: ‘I Have the World’s Largest Carbon Footprint.’”


Shot: EPA Spends $295,507 to Track Energy and Water Use of Office Workers.

Chaser: Obama’s Carbon Admission: ‘I Have the World’s Largest Carbon Footprint.’

SHOT: Attorney General Loretta Lynch: Sure, we’ve “discussed” taking legal action against climate deniers.

Chaser: Obama’s Carbon Admission: ‘I Have the World’s Largest Carbon Footprint’

Hangover: Obama on the campaign stump in 2008: “‘We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,’ Obama said. ‘That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,’ he added.” As Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that year, “Under my plan. . . electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket.”

Which brings us to…

The DTs:

“I leave my Christmas lights on for two hours—tops,” said the waitress, flitting between regulars with a pot of off-brand coffee.

“An hour for me,” said the local cop. The farmer at the next table nodded his head, “That’s about all I can afford, too.”

In Washington and New York, people celebrate economic numbers. In Michigan, people number the minutes they can afford Christmas lights.

To coin an Insta-phrase, I don’t want to hear another goddamned word about my carbon footprint.

Related: “Loretta Lynch: Well, We Wouldn’t Have to Charge Clinton Just Because the FBI Made a Criminal Referral…”


KEEPING AMERICA SAFE, OBAMA EDITION: Pentagon Orders Commanders to Prioritize Climate Change in All Military Actions.

The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies. . . .

The directive, “Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience,” is in line with President Obama’s view that global warming is the country’s foremost national security threat, or close to it.

. . .

Climate change must be integrated in:

• Weapons buying and testing “across the life cycle of weapons systems, platforms and equipment.”

• Training ranges and capabilities.

• Defense intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance.

• Defense education and training.

• Combatant commander joint training with allies to “assess the risks to U.S. security interests posed by climate change.”

• Joint Chiefs of Staff collaboration “with allies and partners to optimize joint exercises and war games including factors contributing to geopolitical and socioeconomic instability.”

Yes, this makes sense. I can see why the President of the United States would direct our military to prioritize climate change, since all those military exercises, training, weapons tests, humvees and other military vehicles–not to mention actual weapons use–add to our carbon footprint, maybe as much as Air Force One or Obama’s limousine-and-SUV motorcade.

I mean, really, since climate change is a bigger threat than radical Islamic terrorism, we probably ought to just eliminate the military entirely. And the President should use a bicycle or sailboat to travel. The safety of the planet depends on it!

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NO JUSTICE, NO FOOTBALL: “Here come the shutdown demonstrators to this Sunday’s Super Bowl,” Debra J. Saunders writes at the American Spectator. “Social media and news organizations report chatter of a big protest a-brewing. San Francisco Chronicle staff writer Kevin Fagan — master of the protest beat — told me, ‘Chances are very good that a major disruption will be attempted at least.’”

Beyond the potential for sabotage and screaming Bay Area protesters that will keep the Super Bowl’s massive security presence on their toes, I’m sort of amused at the schizophrenia of the local politicians and their supporters:

TYPICAL BLUE WEENIE, LAST WEEK: Climate change is the single biggest issue facing humankind. We only have five years to save the earth. The situation is so bad, we must discourage jet travel, ban plastic bags, slap solar panels onto everything, start designing self-driving cars and do everything we can to punish automobile owners.

TYPICAL BLUE WEENIE, THIS WEEK: Isn’t this great – everybody’s flying in to SFO and San Jose Airport! We’re hosting the sporting event with the single biggest carbon footprint on the planet!

BUT HE’LL PROBABLY BE LECTURING ME ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT SOON: Microsoft cofounder’s yacht allegedly destroyed a coral reef. These are sites I’ve dived many times. Sorry to see them wrecked.

SEVEN STUPID MOVIES ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE – you won’t believe the horrible product that Hollywood generates with their enormous carbon footprint, including:

#2. Snowpiercer (2013) Scientists try to reverse global warming by seeding the atmosphere. Works too well. The world freezes to death, except for the survivors on a train that endlessly circles the globe. I so wanted to like this film based on a best-selling graphic novel, but it is just too ridiculous. At the end of the movie, the last two survivors are cheered by seeing a polar bear, a sign that life goes on. They were probably eaten by the bear after the credits roll.

You don’t even want to know what the bear would be doing to them if they had made that film today.


President Barack Obama may warn that carbon dioxide is causing global warming, but his flight to Paris to join other world leaders at the United Nations climate summit emitted more CO2 than driving 72 cars for a year.

Obama’s Paris jaunt will send more CO2 into the atmosphere than 31 American homes‘ energy usage for an entire year. The president’s trip is equivalent to burning 368,331 pounds of coal or 797 barrels of oil, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon footprint calculator.

Just one leg of the president’s Sunday trip to Paris emitted 189 tons of CO2 after travelling 3,855 miles and burning 19,275 gallons of jet fuel, according to Daily Caller News Foundation calculations based on past presidential flights. Obama’s return flight to Washington, D.C., would double the amount of CO2 burned to 378 tons — more than 72 cars driving for a year.

Which is seemingly the size of the typical Obama motorcade when he’s off on a fundraiser, golf game, one of his many vacations, or a jaunt that combines all of the above.


President Obama’s  ultra-high-carbon endless motorcade leaves the Blue Heron Farm en-route to the Bunch of Grapes Book Store where the President and his daughters shopped at Martha’s Vineyard, August 19th, 2011. (Rex Features via AP Images)



Paris (AFP) – A long list of seemingly harmless everyday actions contribute to emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other climate-altering greenhouse gases.

Driving a car and flipping a light switch have a clear “carbon footprint” — much less obvious is the harm caused by sending a simple text message or opening a bottle of water.

* * * * * * *

Sending even a short email is estimated to add about four grammes (0.14 ounces) of CO2 equivalent (gCO2e) to the atmosphere.

To put this into perspective, the carbon output of hitting “send” on 65 mails is on par with driving an average-sized car a kilometre (0.6 of a mile).

The culprits are greenhouse gases produced in running the computer, server and routers but also those emitted when the equipment was manufactured.

It gets worse when you send an email with a large attachment, which puts about 50 gCO2e into the air. Five such messages are like burning about 120 grammes (0.27 pounds) of coal.

So imagine how much carbon a giant electronic news gathering operation connected to a large server farm such as AFP emits. Since they’ve demonstrated that they believe their own efforts are hurting the environment so badly, they must take the lead and voluntarily shutter their doors to send the correct message to the rest of us, to prove that they take all of what they’ve written above seriously.

After all, as Glenn likes to say, I’ll believe global warming is a crisis when the people who tell me it’s a crisis start to act like it’s a crisis themselves.

Speaking of which, note the dateline on the above article. Aren’t there other, more pressing stories going on in Paris these days for AFP to reporting on? (Or is their article a retreat to their ideological “safe space” while under siege?)


Gaia can’t be doing all that badly, can she? After all, Branson hasn’t voluntarily grounded his fleet of airliners, and Al Gore effectively declared “Mission Accomplished” for the radical environmentalism movement when he sold his TV network to the Biggest of Big Oil, the nation of Qatar.

But perhaps to be on the safe side, you can help Branson reduce his own carbon footprint by choosing a different airline when flying.

DO TELL: Slate: Obama Is a Climate Hypocrite. His Trip to Alaska Proves It. Taking your own jet 4,200 miles to talk about people’s carbon footprint. Par for the course.

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER GODDAMNED WORD ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT: Video shows Hillary Clinton boarding private jet just hours after launching global-warming push – and she’s using a French aircraft that burns 347 gallons of fuel every hour! “Its itineraries are secret because the owner has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to withhold flight plans from the public.”

THIS WEEK’S NEWEST FINAL COUNTDOWN: “Robert Redford Sees ‘Last Chance’ to Fix Climate:”

Robert Redford told the United Nations on Monday that negotiations on a global deal to tackle climate change could be the world’s “last chance” to save the planet.

“This December, the world must unite behind a common goal,” said the American actor and producer.

“Because look, this is it. This is our only planet, our only life source.

“This may be our last chance.”

It’s the final countdown! Or actually, the latest final countdown, which have been arriving on a regular basis from those warning of first global cooling and then global warming since the first “Earth Day” in 1970; just add it to all of these earlier “last chances” to save the earth.

Once he made his pronouncement, Redford may have retreated back to here:

As the InstaProfessor likes to say, I’ll believe global warming is a crisis when the people who tell me it’s a crisis start to act like it’s a crisis themselves. (Oh, and I don’t want to hear another goddamn word about Glenn’s carbon footprint either.)

Though it’s interesting that Redford is playing weatherman after supporting Bill Ayers’ old Weathermen via his disastrously timed The Company You Keep movie, which inadvertently debuted in April of 2013, the same month as another real life terrorist bombed the Boston Marathon. Appearing at the start of that month on Good Morning America with Hillary Clinton flack George Stephanopoulos, who asked Redford if he was still sympathetic to the Weathermen, “Even when you read about bombings,” (i.e. the bombing of the Pentagon among others) the actor-director chillingly responded, “All of it. I knew that it was extreme and I guess movements have to be extreme to some degree.”

And finally, speaking of extreme, what’s up with Redford’s hair in the photo of him at the UN, which is beginning to take on unsustainable Trumpian proportions?

JIM TREACHER: Obama To Peasants On Climate Change: Sacrifices For Thee, Not For Me. Climate worrier Eric Holthaus is baffled about why President Obama would fly someone halfway around the world just for a friendly personal chat. Treacher explains things: “Barack Obama is the President of the United States, and he can do whatever he wants. If he wants to increase Sir David Attenborough’s carbon footprint by summoning him for a face-to-face about the environment, then it’s not hypocrisy because he’s the one doing it. Phone? Skype? Gchat? All that stuff is for the little people. Y’know, the ones who are actually funding Obama’s various whims.”

FROM CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ TO CALIFORNIA NIGHTMARE:  Joel Kotkin over at Daily Beast has a great piece explaining how California’s drought crisis illustrates the State’s devolution into a feudalistic society dominated by an oligarchy of super-rich liberals who’ve handcuffed the State’s ability to grow and prosper:

But ultimately the responsibility for California’s future lies with our political leadership, who need to develop the kind of typically bold approaches past generations have embraced. One step would be building new storage capacity, which Governor Jerry Brown, after opposing it for years, has begun to admit is necessary. Desalinization, widely used in the even more arid Middle East, notably Israel, has been blocked by environmental interests but could tap a virtually unlimited supply of the wet stuff, and lies close to the state’s most densely populated areas. Essentially the state could build enough desalinization facilities, and the energy plants to run them, for less money than Brown wants to spend on his high-speed choo-choo to nowhere. This piece of infrastructure is so irrelevant to the state’s needs that even many progressives, such as Mother JonesKevin Drum, consider it a “ridiculous” waste of money.

And there needs to be, at least for the short term, an end to dumping water into San Francisco Bay for the purpose of restoring a long-gone salmon run, or to the Delta, in order to save a bait-fish, the Delta smelt, which may already be close to extinct. This dumping of water has continued even as the state has faced a potentially crippling water shortage; nothing is too good for our fish, or to salve the hyper-heated consciousness of the environmental illuminati.

Kotkin concludes:

What we are witnessing the breakdown of a once-expansive, open society into one dominated by a small group of plutocrats, largely in Silicon Valley, with an “amen” crew among the low-information donors of Hollywood, the public unions, the green lobby, and wealthy real estate developers favored by Brown’s pro-density policies. This coalition backs Brown and helps maintain the state’s essentially one-party system. No one is more adamant about reducing people’s carbon footprint than the jet set of Silicon Valley or the state’s planning elite, even if they choose not to live in a manner that they instruct all others.

Yep–pretty much sums up the progressives’ approach to problems:  Political correctness+ignorance+crony capitalism= preferred “solution.”   Read the whole thing.

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER GODDAMN THING ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT: Leonardo DiCaprio the ‘eco warrior’ flew on a private jet from NY to LA SIX times in SIX weeks, Sony hack documents reveal. I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who keep telling me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.

WELL, THEY TRIED TO KEEP IT SECRET, but I found out. And I still don’t want to hear another goddamn word about my carbon footprint.

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER GODDAMN THING ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT: This Gulfstream Flew Around the World With Just One Fuel Stop. Also, I’d like one.

SHOCKER: “Green” Europe Fudging Car Emissions Numbers.

Europeans sip gasoline while Americans guzzle it, or at least that’s how the story goes. But as the Economist reports, once you look under the hood, Europe’s fuel efficiency emissions standards are a little suspect. . . .

Contrast that with the U.S., which, under President Obama, has enacted some very strong fuel efficiency standards that are putting a sizable dent in our nation’s carbon footprint, even without the kinds of test fudging seen across the Atlantic. Europe likes to think itself a paragon of green policies, but with electricity costs spiraling and coal consumption rising, it looks like it’s having to resort to some fuzzy math to defend its eco-friendly status.

Pretty typical, for the EU.

I WOULD, TOO, BUT ALAS MY EARNINGS WOULDN’T SUPPORT ONE: “I bought a private jet because I thought it would make me more efficient in my work.” Then again, neither did his, I guess.

However, if you do buy a private jet, I don’t want to hear one goddamned thing about my carbon footprint. Got it?


ROGER KIMBALL: Obama Tries For Kyoto 2.0. Can we roll back the Presidential carbon footprint to 1992 levels?

Related: Climate Change To The Rescue? “Mostly, I’m sure he sees the ‘climate crisis’ as a distraction from the countless failures of his administration, not to mention the current global collapse, and yet another sop to his base that makes Lenin’s ‘useful idiots’ seem like the Caltech chess team.”

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER GODDAMN THING ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT: What Taxpayers Pay When Eric Holder Uses Government Jets For Personal Trips. “According to records obtained by The Daily Caller through a Freedom of Information Act request, Holder is getting pretty good deal here — especially when he flies a government-owned Gulfstream V jet. That one day trip to Elmont, N.Y. on June 7, according to records provided to TheDC by the Department of Justice, ended up costing the government $14,440. But Holder only had to reimburse the government $955 for flying him and four passengers to the final leg of the Triple Crown horse races that day. That’s because he only has to pay the equivalent cost of a coach commercial airline ticket for each non-law enforcement passenger — not the total cost to charter the plane.”

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER GODDAMN THING ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT: Senators spent $1 million on charter flights last year.

Last summer, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., embarked on what his office trumpeted as a four-day, 1,000-mile trip across his state, with press releases noting he “woke up early to hit the road,” making stops at a minor league ballpark, a craft brewery and a Roanoke rail yard, among others.

But for several hundred of those miles, Warner was not hitting the road — he was flying a chartered plane at a cost to taxpayers of $8,500.

Warner was one of two dozen U.S. senators who flew taxpayer-funded charter airplanes to, from or around their home state last year at a total cost of just under $1 million, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Senate spending records compiled by the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation.

They need to be asked repeatedly — since they’re mostly Democrats — how they square this with their support for “climate change” policies that would limit travel for ordinary Americans who can’t get taxpayers to pay for their jets.

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER GODDAMN THING ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT: Greenpeace executive flies 250 miles to work: Environmental group campaigns to curb growth in air travel but defends paying a senior executive to commute 250 miles to work by plane. I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who keep telling me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.

WHAT? WHY WASN’T I TOLD? Poor People Have Carbon Footprints, Too. Also, Chris Hayes’s slavery analogy makes him a putz. And in territory perilously close to that of Cliven Bundy, no?

CHANGE: Apple Tightens Grip on Worldwide Supply Chain With Asia Hiring Spree.

Now, see, if they cared about their carbon footprint they’d be moving all their manufacturing to the United States.

THE STORY DOES NOT DISCUSS THE CARBON FOOTPRINT: Chinese Helicopter Rescues 52 From Ship Trapped in Antarctic Ice. “The blue-hulled Russian ship was surrounded by such dense and extensive pack ice that it could not move, and vessels designed to break through ice could not get near.”

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER GODDAMN THING ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT (CONT’D): Google: Flying High and Polluting the Air with Government-Bought Fuel. “While touting green technology, and lobbying the federal government on environmental policy, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt have put 3.4 million miles on their private jets in recent years, polluting the atmosphere with 100 million pounds of carbon dioxide. Their trips, according to flight log data I analyzed, included single-day jaunts and brief corporate meetings, but also what appear to be hundreds of exotic vacation destinations. Perhaps someone should introduce them to Google Hangouts?”

Plus: “The supposedly environmentally conscious company’s jets have emitted more than 100 million pounds of carbon dioxide over the last four years alone.”

BLUE ON BLUE: P.C. Crusaders Wage Holy War in Boston. “Let’s face it, they’d like to burn Koch at the stake, except they’re worried about the carbon footprint it would leave.”


Why does air travel get left out of the mix when we’re talking about reducing our carbon footprint? . . .

The question answers itself, doesn’t it? Giving up air travel and overnight delivery is much more personally costly for the public intellectuals who write about this stuff than giving up a big SUV. If you live in one of the five or six major cities that contain virtually everyone who writes about climate change, having a small car (or no car), is a pretty easy adjustment to imagine. On the other hand, try to imagine giving up far-flung vacations, conferences, etc. — especially since travel to interesting locales is one of the hidden perks of not-very-well remunerated positions at universities, public policy groups, nongovernmental organizations, and yes, news organizations.

If we’re going to get serious about greenhouse gasses, we need to get serious about air travel. Going to a distant conference should attract the kind of scorn among the chattering classes that is currently reserved for buying a Hummer.

Fat chance. The inhabitants of Conferenceville are too important to make sacrifices.

UPDATE: A hedge-fund reader emails: “Who owns private-jet rental giant NetJets? America’s favorite crony capitalist, of course. You know, the guy who just cashed out of his Washington Post stake. Warren Buffett.”

WHAT’S HIS CARBON FOOTPRINT? Obama’s 2013 Air Force One bill $24 million — $6.5 million for Africa alone.

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER GODDAMN THING ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT. “Clearly he’s concerned about the planet. Meanwhile, his mansion uses enough energy to power a small country.” Great plot for a novel: Underground group targets mansions, private jets of global-warming hypocrites for destruction; no one can figure which side of climate debate they’re on.

WORSE THAN THE BEDBUGS? Michael Bloomberg’s Worst Legacy: The Debt Bomb. “When the mayor took office in 2002, the total outstanding debt of the city was $55.2 billion. This year, the Citizens Budget Commission estimates the total reached $110 billion. The increase: 100%! . . . Now the bill is coming due.”

UPDATE: Reader Steve Schubart writes: “If at the beginning of his term the debt is represented by a 16oz cup of soda, the current debt would be a 32 oz cup of soda!” Overindulgence comes in many forms.

And another reader reports: “By the way, last weekend not only was there the usual armed sentry outside Mayor Bloomberg’s private home, but he was being warmed by not one but two 3 foot tall electric resistance space heaters. As you like to say, I don’t want to hear a word about my carbon footprint.”

AND WITHOUT A CARBON TAX: U.S. Leads World In Carbon Emissions Reductions.

Over the past six years, the United States has reduced its carbon emissions more than any other nation in the world.

Efforts to curb so-called man-made climate change had little or nothing to do with it. Government mandated “green” energy didn’t cause the reductions. Neither did environmentalist pressure. And the U.S. did not go along with the Kyoto Protocol to radically cut CO2 emissions. Instead, the drop came about through market forces and technological advances, according to a report from the International Energy Agency.

Breakthroughs in how natural gas is extracted from underground shale formations were the key factors that led to the reductions, the report said. Natural gas has a low carbon footprint and is widely available in the United States. As a result, entrepreneurs are flocking to extract it from new areas.

“It’s good news and good news doesn’t get reported as much,” John Griffin, executive director of Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan, said of the lack of reporting about the CO2 reductions. “The mainstream media doesn’t want to report these kinds of things.”

Rep. Chuck Moss, R-Birmingham, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, said he was unaware of the extent of the fall-off in carbon emissions.

“You know when I found out we’ve reduced our carbon emissions more than any other country?” Rep. Moss said. “It was when you just told me. So, maybe that says something about how many people even know about it.”

If only we had some sort of . . . I don’t know . . . commercial institution dedicated to telling people interesting stuff that they don’t know. Sounds like a viable business plan to me!

WHAT WOULD A SECOND OBAMA TERM LOOK LIKE? Dysfunctional California points the way, Victor Davis Hanson writes at NRO today:

Shortly before taking office, Secretary Chu, remember, quipped that he would like to see American gas prices rise to European levels — presumably $9 or $10 a gallon — to discourage driving and thereby lower our carbon footprint. If $50 for half a fill-up is any indication, California is over halfway toward achieving Chu’s dream. If green bicycles are the ultimate aim of our central-planning regulators, then they are making headway. I’ve never seen so many new rural bike riders, though most of them out here in the San Joaquin Valley have a bad habit of riding on the wrong side of the road.

A refinery fire, a power outage, a uniquely Californian gasoline formula, years of regulating refineries into stasis — all that has finally caught up with the state, as prices soar at the pump. Yet what perplexes about California in extremis is the liberal ability for our state government simply to ignore its own regulations, which it has been using to paralyze businesses for years. For example, a panicked Governor Brown just asked the state air-resources board to suspend the law that requires gas stations to sell our special summer fuel formula through the month of October. The state asserted that a one-time suspension would increase supplies and yet not materially affect our air quality — which begs the question: Why, if that is true, would such a regulation have been passed in the first place?

California has the nation’s highest gas taxes and fuel prices, and the tightest supplies — and reputedly one of the worst-maintained infrastructures, with out-of-date, overcrowded, and poorly maintained freeways. When I head home each week from Palo Alto, I feel like an Odysseus fighting modern-day Lotus Eaters, Cyclopes, and Laestrygonians to reach Ithaka, wondering what obstacle will sidetrack me this trip — huge potholes, entire sections of the freeway reduced to one lane, or various poorly marked detours? If the nation’s highest gas taxes give us all that, what might the lowest bring?

California at least has its climate going for it; it’s the only thing saving it from this apocalyptic vision of a potential Obama second term.

RELATED: Adam Carolla on skyrocketing gas prices, remembers the 1970s (video).

REMEMBER WHEN THE ADMINISTRATION USED TO LECTURE US ABOUT OUR CARBON FOOTPRINTS? Republicans Target Attorney General Eric Holder’s Jet Travel. “We are concerned that FBI aircraft are used for extraneous business and personal travel by senior DOJ officials, including the Attorney General.”


Yeah, but doing a study with right-wing funding is practically scientific misconduct all by itself, right?

More serious commentary from Ron Bailey. Clearly this means we need to build more fracking-supported natural gas infrastructure right away, since that’s been lowering our carbon footprint over the last several years. Then, over the longer term, nice, greenhouse-friendly nuclear plants!

More reactions here. And Charlie Martin explains the charges of “systematic error.” Well, what do you expect in a study funded by evil right-wingers?

UPDATE: Charlie Martin emails:

It’s really more than just a reaction to Mueller’s Op Ed — Anthony is announcing new and significant scientific findings that conflict with Mueller. Also, see my update: there are a lot of people calling Mueller’s findings wrong, or overstrong, or even “rubbish”. Even Andy Revkin at Dot Earth says he doesn’t find Mueller’s stuff cnvincing.

I’ll have quotes from Anthony and Judy Curry (at least) tomorrow.

Stay tuned.

TAXPAYER-FUNDED ELECTIONEERING: Obama’s School Vacations: The president campaigns incessantly for the youth vote on the public dime. “There is no piece of legislation, educational initiative, or advocacy issue that justifies such extensive attention to high schools and colleges. Furthermore, a third of the visits from administration officials have been to schools in swing states, where many ‘official’ visits have turned into full-throated campaign stops.”

I don’t want to hear another word about my goddamn carbon footprint, either. But then, they seem to have pretty much shut up about that subject.

WAIT, I THOUGHT CORPORATE JET TRAVEL WAS EVIL: Charter Flights Shadow Union Election.

Lucrative compensation packages and the use of chartered jets by the departing head of the nation’s biggest public-sector union are looming as key issues in a contentious election to fill his position later this month.

Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, traveled by chartered aircraft 18 times since the beginning of 2010, at a cost of about $325,000, according to internal union expense reports viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

And what about the carbon footprint? Doesn’t he care about Gaia?

CARBON HYPOCRISY: “What is the carbon footprint of the 340-ton rock transported on a 196-wheel vehicle on an 11-day journey to an art museum in L.A.? And why doesn’t The New York Times, celebrating the project on its website front page, question the environmentalism of this project?”


Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver unleashed a fire storm of debate after he published an open letter in the Globe and Mail claiming “environmental and other radical groups” seek to “stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth.”

“No forestry. No mining. No oil. No gas. No more hydro-electric dams,” said Oliver in the open letter published in Monday’s edition of the Globe and Mail.

The letter was published on the eve of the beginning of oral hearings Tuesday on the C$5.5 billion proposed Northern Gateway project that would bring Alberta oil sands bitumen to port at Kitimat, British Columbia. The current hearings are scheduled to wrap-up in early April.

“These groups threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda,” the minister asserted. “They seek to exploit any loophole they can find, stacking public hearings with bodies to ensure that delays kill good projects.”

“They use funding from foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada’s national economic interest. They attract jet-setting celebrities with some of the largest personal carbon footprints in the world to lecture Canadians not to develop our natural resources,” he charged. “Finally, if all other avenues have failed, they will take a quintessential American approach: sue everyone and anyone to delay the project even further.”

Indeed. And where are the Saudis in all of this?

WILL OBAMA DENOUNCE THESE CORPORATE JETS? Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt have eight jets between the three of them, reports Mercury News. Plus a very special “public-private partnership” involving an airbase.

As I keep saying, I don’t want to hear one more goddamn thing about my carbon footprint.

Meanwhile, Drudge has been having fun with the Obama Family on a related front:

Worries about spending and carbon footprints are for the little people.

A JAMES HANSEN FINANCIAL SCANDAL? Hey, there’s nothing wrong with professors making outside income. But when it’s for global warming activism, it does call your scientific neutrality into question. In Hansen’s defense, no serious person has believed that he possessed scientific neutrality for years.

But anybody who owns an $8000 engraved Montres Rolex watch is clearly part of the 1%, no? And what’s the carbon footprint of an $8000 Rolex?

GOING GREEN BUT GETTING NOWHERE: This in the New York Times contains the following claim: “Every ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.” There’s no source given. Maybe one reason greens are getting nowhere is that their endless apocalyptic factoids are seeming a bit unbelievable to the general public. Particularly when top spokespeople like Al Gore and Tom Friedman have carbon footprints that would make Louis XIV blush. Perhaps people won’t be prepared to believe it’s a crisis until the people who keep telling them it’s a crisis start, you know, acting like it’s a crisis.

THOUGHTS ON the end of the Post Office. “My postman just delivered a 615-page catalog from Restoration Hardware. Why was that a feasible business to move for Restoration Hardware? I’ve never mail-ordered anything from them. Why is the government subsidizing this inefficiency? If I were interested in buying something from RH, I would go to their website. Instead, I have to lug this heavy object to the garbage can/recycle bin? Think of the carbon footprint. I do! But I don’t believe the government believes the climate change hype. Because they never act like they do.”

Actions speak louder than words.

FRUGALITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Expensive massages, top shelf vodka and five-star hotels: First Lady accused of spending $10m in public money on her vacations.

Plus this: “The Obamas’ summer break on Martha’s Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets.” And, yes, I don’t want to hear one more goddamned thing about my carbon footprint.

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ONE GODDAMNED THING ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT: Michelle Obama Flies To Aspen and Back For Fundraiser Tuesday. “But those with Aspen ties aren’t done giving. First Lady Michelle Obama will arrive in our fair city a week from today, on Tuesday, July 26, for a luncheon to benefit her husband’s bid for a second term, according to the Chicago Sun Times. The first lady will be hitting up two ski resorts in one day, first stopping in Park City, Utah, for a breakfast before hopping a flight to Aspen. It will be a quick fundraising trip. She will promptly return to Washington, D.C.”

UPDATE: Reader Brad Sandy writes: “Glenn, Is the first lady traveling in any of the green approved modes or is she using the evil corporate jet to make two stops in one morning?”

I don’t think it’s an evil corporate jet. I think it’s a virtuous government jet.

WHAT ABOUT THE CARBON FOOTPRINT? Obama admin political appointee takes heat for trips home on taxpayers’ dime. “Obama political appointee Ron Sims is under scrutiny for trips he made to Seattle during the first several months after his appointment. Sims made 13 trips to Seattle, his home city, as Obama’s Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) between early May 2009 and late August 2010.” Worries about carbon emissions are for the little people. And worries about misuse of tax money are for . . . nobody much, it seems.

ANN ALTHOUSE ON CARBON FOOTPRINTS: “Oh, hell! Shut up about my light bulbs. Just. Shut. The. Fuck. Up. If you people really believed in global warming in the form that you would like to foist that belief on the common folk, that quoted line above would have sounded to you as something on the moral level of first, torture a small, cute kitten.…”

Just remember, it’s not too late to stock up. Yet.

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ONE GODDAMN THING ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT (CONT’D): Governor Caught Using State Jet For Campaign Events. And here’s Gov. Steve Beshear talking about the importance of energy efficiency. Try flying commercial, dude.

CLAIRE MCCASKILL SPENT $76,000 OF TAXPAYER MONEY ON PRIVATE CHARTER FLIGHTS. I don’t want to hear one goddamn word about my carbon footprint from these people. Plus, there seems to have been some self-dealing involved: “As a senator, McCaskill has flown at least 89 flights chartered by Sunset Cove Associates LLC — a company incorporated in 2002 by her husband, St. Louis businessman Joe Shepard, according to records kept by the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office. All of those flights were paid for from McCaskill’s Senate office budget, raising questions about whether the first-term senator and her husband are using public dollars to partially subsidize their aircraft.”

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ONE MORE GODDAMN THING ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT: Obama Flies Personal Trainer from Chicago to White House Every Week. “With a schedule as hectic as President Obama’s it must be hard to stick to a training regimen without help — but why does he insist on having his old trainer fly out from Chicago to D.C. regularly when Obama and his wife exhort the rest of us to drive less? And in a recession?” Those kinds of worries, like taxes, are for the little people.

EZRA LEVANT: For Europe, Alberta oil is too dirty. Isn’t Libyan oil too bloody?

Where did Moammar Gadhafi, the brutal dictator of Libya, get the money to pay the foreign mercenaries who are butchering his people? How did he pay for those French-made fighter jets strafing protesters?

Europe, mainly. Europe buys 80% of Libya’s oil. Other than terrorism, that’s pretty much the only thing Libya exports. . . . None of this is news. It’s olds. It’s been going on for years. What’s new is last week, the very week when Gadhafi and his son told the world they’d fight democracy protesters to the last bullet, was the week the European Union chose to criticize Canada’s oilsands because — get this — they say we have 20 more grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule of oil than Libya does.

It’s true, it takes more energy to produce oil from Canada’s oilsands than from Libya’s desert because we have to steam it out of the sand.

European oil imports from Iraq and Nigeria have the same carbon footprint as our oilsands. Those countries burn off the natural gas that comes up when they pump oil — an illegal environmental practice in Canada. And oil from Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela has even higher carbon emissions.

Our European friends are silent on all of this.

It’s showboating, since Canada only exports oil to the United States. If Europe wants to make a big deal out of not liking the oil we’re not selling to them anyway, that’s fine. But fair’s fair. If they don’t like Canadian oil because of 20 grams of CO2, let’s insist they swear off oil with blood in it.

It’s like all this green stuff is just a political tool or something.

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ONE GODDAMN WORD ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT: FOIA Request Reveals Pelosi Logged 43 Flights Covering 90,155 Miles from January to October 2010. “According to previous documents uncovered by Judicial Watch, the former Speaker’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over one two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol.”

CARBON FOOTPRINT: “Last year Obama flew in Air Force One 172 times, almost every other day.”


CHANGE: Britain Is Freezing To Death.

Ann Althouse says put on a sweater, but a commenter observes: “When people in Blighty are freezing to death and the oldsters are dying of heat stroke in La Madeleine because nobody can afford heat (or AC)and their family doesn’t check on them because that’s what the government is supposed to do, you have the compassion of the Welfare State on display.”

Plus this: “My mother is 93 heading towards 94 and her internal thermostat is set differently. She likes to be warm when it’s cold and she likes to be cool when it’s hot. It’s okay. And her carbon footprint for her whole lifetime would be the equivalent of one of Al Gore’s bedrooms for a year.”

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER GODDAMNED WORD about my carbon footprint.

BAD NEWS FOR “HAIRSHIRT ENVIRONMENTALISM:” Berkeley: Dire messages about global warming can backfire, new study shows. “Dire or emotionally charged warnings about the consequences of global warming can backfire if presented too negatively, making people less amenable to reducing their carbon footprint, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley.”

Hey, here’s an idea: How about leading by example instead? You first, Tom Friedman.

MORE CARBON FOOTPRINT HYPOCRISY. I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who keep telling me I’m going to have to sacrifice start making a few sacrifices themselves. At present, worry about carbon footprints, like taxes, is for the little people.


U.S. Rep. Barney Frank’s GOP challenger is calling on the congressman to release an ethics opinion that Frank says cleared his trip to the Virgin Islands aboard a $25 million private jet owned by a billionaire hedge fund manager.

“Frank should release the opinion from the Ethics Committee so we know exactly what Frank was claiming,” said Sean Bielat, the Newton Democrat’s Republican opponent. “If he did not disclose all the gifts or undervalued them, he could be in violation of House ethics laws.”

The Herald reported this week that Frank and his partner, Jim Ready, made the tropical getaway just before Christmas 2009 on a jet owned by financier S. Donald Sussman, fiance of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine). In addition to flying from Maine to the Virgin Islands with Sussman and Pingree, Frank and Ready stayed in Sussman’s mansion on the island, an aide told the Herald.

Frank reported the jet ride as a gift in required House financial disclosures – claiming the cost of the flight was $1,500 – but reported no other expenses related to the vacation. Aviation experts say the cost of flying a private jet between Maine and the Virgin Islands would cost as much as $30,000 each way.

House Ethics rules aren’t exactly stringent — but I don’t want to hear one goddamned word about my freaking carbon footprint from Barney Frank, or his cronies.

Including his crony Nancy Pelosi: New documents uncovered by Judicial Watch show Pelosi took 85 trips on military aircraft.

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ONE GODDAMNED WORD ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT (CONT’D): Barney Frank’s free jet ride. “U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, immersed in one of the toughest political fights of his career, took a free private jet to the Virgin Islands courtesy of a Maine congresswoman’s billionaire fiance — whose company received a $200 million federal bailout.”


MORE ON YACHTGATE: Dan Mitchell: Taxes Are for the Little People, not John Kerry. “Senator Kerry says that tax planning is a horrible sin when conducted by ‘Benedict Arnold’ companies and facilitated by those wicked tax havens. But I guess that it’s not such a bad thing when Senator Kerry is protecting his wealth. For the rest of us peasants, it’s our job to meekly get in line and submit to whatever taxes Senator Kerry graciously decides to impose.”

Plus, a roundup: Sen. John Kerry Skips Town on Sails Tax.

And reader Pat Courtney suggests this poll:

What’s the worst thing about John Kerry’s yacht?
Not paying his “fair share” of Massachusetts taxes.
The carbon footprint.
Journolist isn’t around to cover for him. free polls

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ONE GODDAMN WORD ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT: “Arriving in a small jet before the Obamas was the first dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog given as a present by the late U.S. Sen Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.”

UPDATE: Note the appended “clarification” to the story, which says that Bo didn’t get his own plane to himself, but was accompanied by other staffers. But reader Ed Stephens writes: “Do you think any reporter will have the nerve to ask Obama directly about flying the dog on a private jet?”

ANOTHER UPDATE: A reader emails: “The first reporter that *does* ask about the dog’s private jet, will get immediate street cred (and Tea Party cred) that will send shock waves through the MSM.” But the lunch invitations will dry up.



Hundreds of fans bound for Durban for the Germany-Spain World Cup semi final missed the game because their flights were unable to land, after air traffic authorities closed the city’s airport because of congestion on the runway caused by private aircraft.

The situation was described as “absolute chaos” by the pilot of one British Airways flight which took off from Cape Town in mid-afternoon but was diverted to Johannesburg. . . . Wire services reported that among the VIPs heading for the semi-final by jet were Spain’s King Juan Carlos, South African President Jacob Zuma, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and socialite Paris Hilton. The BA pilot, who held his plane for around 45 minutes above Durban in the vain hope of getting a landing slot, told passengers he had no choice but to take the plane to Johannesburg because the plane’s fuel was starting to run low. He announced that the problem was caused by the airport allowing too many private jets to land at Durban, leaving the runways clogged up and unable to accept scheduled flights.

Remember this when you get the next DiCaprio lecture on global warming. As was said before: “How desperate could the planet’s plight be if the people who present themselves as most concerned about it consider flying first-class commercial an unacceptable sacrifice?”

A POST-APOCALYPTIC TORONTO? Given the massive negative impact, and all the nonstop yammering about carbon footprints from our global political class, why are they having these meetings in meatspace instead of on the Internet? It’s not as if much gets done anyway.

WORRY ABOUT CARBON FOOTPRINTS IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: U.N. Environmental Ambassador Builds 20,000 square foot house. “What kind of U.N. environmental ambassador builds a 20,000 square-foot home with a six-car garage, an elevator and a lagoon?” Sadly, the usual kind . . . .

WORRY ABOUT CARBON FOOTPRINTS IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: BBC lectures us incessantly on climate change. So why did their bosses make 68,000 domestic flights in two years? I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who keep telling me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.

(Via NewsAlert).

NYC AVIATION: Obama and Biden to Celebrate Earth Day by Tying Up New York Air Traffic.

On a day when many Americans will be reflecting upon how they can reduce their impact on the environment, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will board separate jets in Washington on Earth Day morning to fly 250 miles up the east coast to New York, where they will land at separate airports to attend separate events within a few miles of each other.

The parallel visits of Air Force One (a 747/VC-25 aircraft) and Air Force Two (a 757/C-32A aircraft) will delay dozens, if not hundreds of commercial flights at Kennedy and LaGuardia and other nearby airports as no-fly zones are implemented. Jets will be forced to circle and burn more fuel as they wait for the VIPs to come and go. Their security contingents consisting of dozens of cars, SUVs and helicopters will burn even more. Throw in thousands of commuters’ cars and delivery trucks sitting idle in traffic as law enforcement closes large swaths of the city and you have yourself a very Earth-unfriendly day. . . .

Thursday’s dual jaunt seems especially egregious considering the frivolous nature of Biden’s visit, in particular: He’ll be yukking it up with Whoopi and Barbara as a guest on The View. Not sure what he’ll be talking about, but you can be certain that whatever he has to say could be done just as effectively using a video camera and satellite hookup from the White House.

Carbon-footprint worries, like taxes, are for the little people.

UPDATE: Reader Tom Parker writes: “Not to mention delaying thousands of passengers trying to get home from the volcano delays.” More unintended consequences.

And reader David Winslow writes: “If they’re both needing to go (certainly a questionable proposition) we should consider the additional pollution emitted by separate aircraft as more than worth the risk, considering the fear that the words ‘President Pelosi’ should inspire in us all.” True, but does Biden really need to go anywhere?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader T.C. Lynch writes: “Whatever happened to ‘Amtrak Joe’? Acela don’t cut it on a VP’s salary?”

JOHN STOSSEL: They Fly First Class: “Will you and your family put off a vacation this year because you can’t afford it? Too bad, because you have paid for some terrific trips — for government bureaucrats. The Washington Times reports that last year $13 billion in tax dollars was spent to pamper ‘public servants’ on trips that double as vacation junkets.” Like I say, I don’t want to hear any lecturing about my carbon footprint from these people.

GETTING HOLD OF Nancy Pelosi’s travel receipts. “According to the documents obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Speaker’s military travel cost the United States Air Force close to $2.2 million over a two-year period.” Like I say, I don’t want to hear one word about my carbon footprint.

TALKING ABOUT ALIENS: “As far as I can tell, nobody talking about interstellar contact has a model even vaguely close to a reasonable analysis of the situation.”

Star travel is expensive; it costs on the order of a ship’s own mass in equivalent energy to get it up to relativistic speeds. Any culture capable of that will be at least a Kardashev Type I civilization, and most likely a Type II. And the reason they’ll be doing star travel is to work their way up towards Type III. Any sentient creatures that actually get here will be nanotech-based robots, not water-based organisms. They won’t have spacecraft, they’ll be spacecraft. They will be unlikely interested in the carbon-poor mudballs of the inner solar system, but reap abundant carbon from the outer planets and carbonaceous asteroids to build Dyson-sphere-like structures around the orbit of Mercury.

We simply aren’t going to see less sophisticated visitors due to the starship paradox: send a starship out now with all Earth’s current technological resources behind it, and then wait and send one in 50 years with full nanotech. The second one gets there first.

We aren’t going to see any less ambitious visitors due to simple evolution: in a universe where the ultimate meaning of “carbon footprint” is the total mass of the superintelligent diamondoid robots you’ve built, spaceships burning cellulosic ethanol simply aren’t going to be anywhere near the fittest. Indeed, cultures that aren’t inherently aggressive and ambitious aren’t going to put the effort into sending out starships at all. The question is, what are they going to think of us, the thin layer of green slime coating an insignificant rock?

Read the whole thing. Some interesting links, too.

SHUT UP ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT, HARRISON: Enviro-Hypocrisy: Harrison Ford’s Private-Jet Cheeseburger Runs.

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANY MORE ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT when U.N. “climate change” commissars are meeting on Bali — again. “Yet again, we are asked to believe the UN deserves special exemptions from its own preachings. Its conferees are jetting to Bali for the greater good of all the little folk, whose job is merely to pay the bills for such pleasures, and live with any resulting rationing and regulation. According to the Jakarta Post, some 1,500 people from 192 countries are expected to attend this shindig — where UNEP claims that envoys of some 140 governments will be present.” Somebody tell these people about Skype.

JONATHAN ADLER: The EPA’s Carbon Footprint.

GOING GREEN: Tesla CEO Musk used private jet 12 times to lobby Washington for DOE loans. I don’t want to hear any more about my carbon footprint . . . .

IS PELOSI’S AIRPLANE SCANDAL a new version of the House Bank scandal? I don’t want to hear any more crap from her about my carbon footprint, that’s for sure . . . .

UPDATE: Any confirmation or denial of this from Pelosi’s office yet?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Here’s a post that suggests there’s less to this than meets the eye, though it’s not entirely conclusive. Is there, or is there not, unaccompanied travel?

MORE: Further developments at The Mudville Gazette, which says that unaccompanied flights are legal if the Speaker requests it in writing. Hmm. It’s possible that this is a Kinsleyan scandal (“the real scandal is what’s legal”) but either way, as I said, I don’t want to hear one more word from her about my carbon footprint.

HAWAII VACATIONS? I’d be the last to begrudge anyone a tropical island trip, though I don’t want any goddamn carbon-footprint lectures from people who fly thousands of miles week after week. Meanwhile, whatever you think of Presidents, I think Congress should be required to spend at least 270 days a year outside of Washington . . . .

CARBON FOOTPRINT: Congress Travels More, Public Pays: Lawmakers Ramp Up Taxpayer-Financed Journeys.

Another place where actions don’t match rhetoric.

YEAH, I ALREADY POSTED ON THIS BUT I’M GOING TO DO IT AGAIN: Copenhagen climate summit: 1,200 limos, 140 private planes and caviar wedges. If they were really worried about global warming they’d be doing this by Skype. But they live in a culture of entitlement. Energy conservation and carbon limits, like taxes, are for the little people.

Related: From ClimateGate to Carbonhagen. “For the delegates to the Copenhagen Climate Change summit, inconvenient truths abound. Not the least of which is the prediction that attendees will generate a carbon footprint equal to all of 2006 for Morocco.”

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: The Discreet Charm Of The Left-Wing Plutocracy. “To distill Gorism is to live in a 1,000 sq. ft. solar house, bike to work, and take the train on long distances; but to promote Gorism, one lives in a mansion, jets on private planes, and is chauffeured from airport to conference center—a rather heavy carbon footprint indeed. I mention that because this week he has insisted that he only invested in what he believes in and is thus not a hypocrite—sort of like a 1990s Fannie or Freddie director saying he is only taking mega-bonuses because he believes in public support for housing.”

THE COPENHAGEN QUESTION: “Anyway, how can there be a big climate change conference that everyone must fly to? If the situation is really so dire, why don’t they video-conference?”

Yeah, I gave a lecture to the Nashville Bar Association’s environmental section by Skype just a couple of weeks ago. But that’s me: Mr. Green! Travel restrictions, like taxes, are for the little people. But anyway, good for Obama for not flying to Copenhagen! “How big is the carbon footprint of a presidential overseas trip — or a presidential trip anywhere? Honestly, the man is set up to do his job in the White House, and he’s well protected there: Why does he ever leave that place? Ditto for all the other world leaders. Why are we supposed to cut back when they do not?” Er, because travel restrictions, like taxes, are for the little people?

And why not stay home for fundraisers, which are not only carbon-explosions but also a net financial loser: “Deval Patrick received $600,000 from donors who wanted to lunch with Obama. Federal taxpayers probably spent at least $2 million on transportation and security for the President. Commoners suffered lost wages and productivity when they found subway stations closed, streets closed, their scheduled airline flight stopped at Logan, etc. Local flight schools alone suffered at least $10,000 in lost revenue. It would be a lot cheaper if we said that every day for the next 8 years the federal government will write a $1 million check to the person of Barack Obama’s choice and in return the President will agree to stay at his desk and work.”

Stay at his desk and work. I’m beginning to discern a theme here — but note that while the costs of Obama’s travel fall on all sorts of people, the benefits go where Obama steers them. Hey, maybe that’s a theme, too . . . .

POLITICO: Cruising On Private Jets. I’ve gotten emails from people in the private-jet biz asking why I hate them. I don’t. I just don’t want to be lectured on global warming — or conspicuous consumption — by folks who don’t fly commercial themselves. I’d be happy if everyone had a private jet. But I’m tired of carbon-footprint hypocrisy.

POLITICO: Congressional Jets May Be Scrapped. “The new congressional jets may be getting scrapped. After an uproar over a proposed purchase of new executive jets for use by senior government official, including members of Congress, the top Defense appropriator in the House has offered to eliminate funding for the planes – but only if the Pentagon, which operates the jets, agrees. . . . The controversy is not going unnoticed in the Senate Democratic leadership circles either. Senate insiders said the Senate Appropriations Committee is unlikely to approve the additional plane funding, although Sen. Dan Inouye (D-Hawaii), the chairman of the panel, was unavailable for comment on Monday. Yet when the Pentagon-spending bill was taken up by the House, first in the Defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, then the full committee, and finally on the chamber floor, the executive-plane provision attracted no notice and no opposition emerged from either side of the aisle.”

Whatever. I don’t want to hear any more sanctimony about carbon footprints. I’ve got nothing against private jets, but when it comes to global warming, carbon emissions, and the like, those who fly on ’em instead of going commercial, should — what’s the President’s phrase? — oh, right: “Don’t do a lot of talking.”

HOPE: Opposition Emerges to House’s Jet Spree. “Bipartisan opposition is emerging in the Senate to a plan by House lawmakers to spend $550 million for additional passenger jets for senior government officials. The resistance to buying eight Gulfstream and Boeing planes comes as members of both chambers of Congress embark on the busiest month of the year for official overseas travel. The plan to upgrade the fleet of government jets, which was included in a broader defense-funding bill, has also sparked criticism from the Pentagon, which has said it doesn’t need half of the new jets.”

Whether it goes through or not, I don’t want to hear any crap about my carbon footprint from the House leadership after this.


“Last year, lawmakers excoriated the CEOs of the Big Three automakers for traveling to Washington, D.C., by private jet to attend a hearing about a possible bailout of their companies,” Roll Call reports.

“But apparently Congress is not philosophically averse to private air travel: At the end of July, the House approved nearly $200 million for the Air Force to buy three elite Gulfstream jets for ferrying top government officials and Members of Congress.”

The Air Force had asked for one jet as part of an upgrade program, but the House Appropriations Committee added two more at its own discretion.

Seems like someone could make this a campaign issue if they cared to . . . .

UPDATE: Reader Ed Stephens writes: “Tea Partiers should ask reps for a commitment to only fly commercial.” It would make good video.


UPDATE: Expert is as expert does. “Here is a picture of Thomas Friedman’s house.” My goodness. Can that be right? It’s certainly a bigger carbon footprint than Stately Instapundit Manor.


Director Mike Judge’s new animated television series “The Goode Family” is a send-up of a clan of environmentalists who live by the words “What would Al Gore do?” Gerald and Helen Goode want nothing more than to minimize their carbon footprint. They feed their dog, Che, only veggies (much to the pet’s dismay) and Mr. Goode dutifully separates sheets of toilet paper when his wife accidentally buys two-ply. And, of course, the family drives a hybrid.

Hey, there’s nothing wrong with driving a hybrid!


Then why can’t we do the same thing with politicians and bureaucrats?

FLYING A BIG AIRPLANE TO TALK ABOUT BEING GREEN: “The president flew all the way out to midcountry in his large airplane to the Hawkeye State to talk about saving the environment and developing green energy, which a 747 isn’t. But who would ever point out such an inconsistency if it didn’t involve evil automobile chief executives in their private jets?”

Perhaps he was just participating in the IowaHawk Earth Week Cruise-In.

Plus, CNN’s Marciano to Obama: ‘Let’s Park the Jumbo Jet’ for Earth Day. “I mean, it’s a pretty big carbon footprint just to make a speech in front of a windmill.”

U.P.S. IS TESTING hydraulic-hybrid vehicles.

JOHN TIERNEY ON JET-SETTING ENVIRONMENTALISTS: “I’ve given Brad Pitt and Al Gore grief about their carbon footprints. But it’s clear from a study in England that celebrities aren’t the only greens with a fondness for jet travel. . . . So are the green habits at home doing such a good job of mitigating guilt that they’re interfering with more realistic strategies to cut greenhouse emissions? If so, to me that’s one more argument against recycling.”

FOR WHEN CARBON FOOTPRINTS DON’T MATTER: Test-Driving the 2009 Bentley Flying Spur.