President Obama will be making his way to Florida Wednesday – Earth Day – to discuss climate change, which the president once said is the “primary threat to our national security.” As with many trips, Obama will be taking Air Force One, which reportedly burns five gallons of jet fuel for every mile it flies.
“I’m going to visit the Florida Everglades to talk about the way that climate change threatens our economy,” Obama said during his weekly address Saturday.
The Everglades is one of the most special places in our country. But it’s also one of the most fragile. Rising sea levels are putting a national treasure – and an economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry – at risk.
Obama also emphasized that climate change is something that “can no longer be denied – or ignored.”
Earlier this month, President Obama asserted that climate change is a “primary” threat to national security.
“The Pentagon has already said that climate change is a primary national security threat that we’re going to face, and we are working with the Department of Defense to start preparing for that and mitigating for that,” Obama said during a speech at Howard University. “And a lot of our international policy and national security policy is centered around the very real concerns that that’s going to raise.”
David Martosko noted some of the ironies in Obama’s call for fewer emissions when he made a trip to Washington state and Japan for last year’s Earth Day festivities in a piece for The Daily Mail:
- Air Force One consumes five gallons of jet fuel for every mile it flies.
- The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that burning the fuel emits 21.1 pounds of CO2 per gallon.
- Total presidential consumption for Earth Day (2014), not including automobile motorcades, is an estimated 35,609 gallons.
The irony was not lost on these people either:
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