President Obama celebrated Earth Day Friday with a flight from Los Angeles to the Washington DC area, contributing tons of pollution to the atmosphere as he returned from what was largely a political trip out West.
Obama, who frequently talks about the danger of global warming and the need to switch to cleaner-burning fuels, opted not to hold an event marking Earth Day.
Instead, he spewed about 250,000 of carbon dioxide into the air on the 2,300 mile flight, along with reams of nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur oxides, soot and all the other pollutants that emerge from the exhaust pipe of Air Force One, a modified 747 jet.
First Lady Michelle Obama had scheduled a “habitat improvement project” in Washington for Friday with the Council on Environmental Quality Chairwoman and a group of local schoolchildren, but cancelled it because of light rain.
Light rain today did not prevent the president from playing golf, however.
Obama did issue a proclamation commemorating the Earth Day.
On Earth Day, we recognize the role that each of us can play in preserving our natural heritage . . . I encourage all Americans to participate in service programs and activities that will protect our environment and contribute to a prosperous, healthy, and sustainable future.
Obama’s trip included six fundraisers and two non-campaign events which nevertheless had a strong political component. The events, “town hall” meetings in Palo Alto, California and Reno, Nevada, were designed to showcase Obama’s approach to reducing the federal deficit. Obama is struggling in the polls amid public disapproval of his handling of the economy and the deficit.