Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Environmental Hypocrisy...from the President

According to this article, the thermostat settings have gone up in the White House recently. Does this mean, that under the new president's leadership, the "carbon footprint" of the White House has gotten larger?

Of course it does.

The following facts shall be put forward:

  • During the campaign, Obama made energy conservation (and related environmental rhetoric) an important theme. At one campaign stop cited in the article, Obama said we have to "lead by example....We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times....That's not leadership. That's not going to happen."
  • Numerous White House staffers have commented that it is kept [in the words of the article] "warm and toasty;" there was also a comparison to a "tropical hot house."
  • The president, who spent a sizable part of his life in Hawaii, apparently "likes it warm," according to his Chief of Staff, who made this admission to the New York Times; he even commented that "you could grow orchids in there" [meaning, in the Oval Office].
  • The taxpayers are footing the bill for heating the White House, not the Obamas.
  • White House protocol has gotten more casual under the new president; suit coats are not so common anymore.
  • Coats keep people warmer.
Some day I want someone to show me a leading environmental/liberal politician who lives as he preaches.

1 comment: said...

Also said he'd be a friend to Big Labor and as soon as he got a chance he starts in with the CAFE upgrades that will cost thousands of UAW workers in Michigan their jobs and drive the price of domestic vehicles through the roof.

Integrity, apparently, isn't his strong suit.