President Obama is spending this Earth Day in Iowa.
President Obama will spend Earth Day in the state where his presidential ambitions took first root, Iowa. His victory in the 2008 Iowa caucuses over Hillary Rodham Clinton (and John Edwards!) vaulted him to the top of the pack, and he rarely looked back.
Today in Newton, Obama will focus on the green economy.
A distance calculator says that Washington DC is 866 miles from Newton, Iowa. According to a Sunday Mirror article that knocked Bush for burning tons of fuel to give an “energy conservation” speech, Air Force One averages one mile per gallon — and rest assured that’s a conservative, “once it’s airborne” estimate (and the only time a liberal will accept a conservative estimate is when it comes to their energy usage on Earth Day). Take into account that’s a round trip, and the president takes a backup plane — that’s 3,464 gallons of fuel just for the planes.
It seems like the best Earth Day message Obama could have given would have been from the Oval Office with all the engines and lights turned off.
And if the caring stewards of the environment party today like they did on inauguration day in DC, the earth is really in trouble.