Sunday, July 20, 2008

Some Greenie Trouble At The Democratic National Convention

(With a hat-tip to Raven, who emailed me the following link)

Sometimes, the Sunday funnies can be found in the news section:
DENVER Throwing the "greenest national political convention to date" is easier said than done, as Democrats are learning the hard way.

Amid much fanfare, Democratic National Convention officials have for months promoted their commitment to an environmentally sustainable event.

They've hired a first-ever "director of greening,"
set an ambitious recycling goal of 85 percent, and banished plastic water bottles and plastic foam cups from the premises.


The biggest environmental disaster to befall the convention hit two weeks ago, when the Barack Obama campaign announced that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee would make his acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High stadium.

The decision to move to the stadium threw a Chernobyl-sized wrench into the sustainability plan. Switching the venue from the Pepsi Center, which seats fewer than 20,000, to Invesco, which holds 78,000, threatens to saddle the convention with the Shaquille O'Neal of carbon footprints
According to the above-cited article, a blogger has done some numbers crunching:
The Invesco Field speech could, therefore, result in more pollution emissions than all four days and nights combined of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., according to the blogger's estimates.

"Who knew Obama's ego would be so costly ... to the environment?"
concluded [blogger] RiNOsaurusRex in an article titled "Obama Speech is Environmental Disaster."
The article in the Washington Times continues:
Things are simpler in St. Paul, where organizers of the Republican National Convention are taking a more laissez-faire approach to the event's environmental sustainability.
Greenies, take note! Obama and his monumental ego are damaging the environment! Not to mention all his hot air pouring carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

(Crossposted to THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS)

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posted by Always On Watch @ 7/20/2008 08:45:00 AM