I read that first lady Michelle Obama is returning to Colorado on October 10, her sixth trip in 10 months. Now I understand her helping our president campaign and vacations however, I do not understand how a person can personally thank the EPA for securing the future of our planet via combating climate change and then proceed to fly multiple times here on a fossil-fueled plane at a cost of $12,188 an hour per U.S. News 2011. Also per carbonindepen
dent.org" target="_blank">class="NormalParagraphStyle">dent.org, planes emit CO2 at the rate of 1⁄4 ton CO2 equivalent per hour, thus contributing to climate change in a rapid fashion.
Perhaps worse, this aviation CO2 emission per the Carbon Institute, is "generally released into the high atmosphere and are thought to have a greater greenhouse effect than CO2 released at sea level."
So due to the number of her flights to Colorado, I have to assume this is a matter of 'Do as I say, and not as I do.' That isn't an effective protocol when raising children, so why is it okay in regards to taxpayers, the environment and our children's futures? And why isn't the media addressing that to our leadership?
After all, the White House states this: The Obama Administration is committed to protecting the air we breathe, water we drink, and land that supports and sustains us.
Shouldn't one start cleaning up their own backyard first? My experience is NIMBYism doesn't work out too well for the NIMBY sayers.
So respectfully, my question for our president and first lady is this, "What about your global footprint?! Sincerely,
Marty Lich, Gypsum