Non-profit advocate Institute for Liberty (IFL) released an announcement last week about how hypocritical green groups, celebrities and political advocates for climate change are as they celebrate today's presidential inauguration.
IFL reported that the inauguration will generate more than half-billion pounds of CO2 from the following:
- 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
I guess the IFL is pointing a finger in particular at the 2009 Green Inaugural Ball sponsored by various various green advocates, clean tech groups and companies, politicians, celebrities, etc.?? More than 1,200 guests led by Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, Bob Kennedy Jr., and artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Maroon 5, John Legend, Michael Franti, Blair Underwood, Lisa Ling, Paul Reiser, John Cusack, Bon Jovi, and Paulina Rubio are said to be at the event (some performing for the event - probably not Al Gorem Pelosi and Kennedy though).
The event will also celebrate America's greening economy according to the organizers. 100% of the carbon footprint of the event is being offset with high quality carbon offsets from five different projects, according to their Greening subcommittee. Other greening elements include limited signage, efficient lighting, a green carpet made with 100% renewable electricity, and through source separation, the event will recycle, reuse and compost as much material as possible.
Acceptable leftover food (made with organic ingredients) will be donated to DC Central Kitchen. Organic leftovers...yummm.
The IFL said it makes no criticism of these activities and welcomes the potential and much needed economic stimulus that the Inauguration will provide. The group however emphasized that Americans and U.S. businesses should have the liberty to pursue the daily activities they need to thrive and prosper, and that "they should not have to be lectured -- or regulated or taxed -- by officials who appear, at best, to conveniently forget their own rhetoric when celebrating their success."