That congressional junket to Denmark for the “climate summit”? Yeah, that was not only horrible for the environment, but it cost taxpayers over million dollars:
Our investigation found that the congressional delegation was so large, it needed three military jets: two 737’s and a Gulfstream Five — up to 64 passengers — traveling in luxurious comfort.
Along with those who flew commercial, we counted at least 101 Congress-related attendees. All for a summit that failed to deliver a global climate deal.
And all those attendees who went to the summit rather than hooking up by teleconference? They produced enough climate-stunting carbon dioxide to fill 10,000 Olympic swimming pools.
Until required filings are made in the coming weeks, we can only figure bits and pieces of the cost to you.
â€¢Three military jets at $9,900 per hour – $168,000 just in flight time.
â€¢Dozens flew commercial at up to $2,000 each.
â€¢321 hotel nights booked – the bulk at Copenhagen’s five-star Marriott.
â€¢Meals add tens of thousands more.
Wow, if there wasn’t man-made global warming when they went to Denmark, there sure was when these pantloads left.
And it must be nice to go stay at a 5-star hotel and not even know or care how much it’s costing:
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is a key climate change player. He went to Copenhagen last year. Last week, we asked him about the $2,200-a-day bill for room and food.
“I can’t believe that,” Rep. Waxman said. “I can’t believe it, but I don’t know.”
In fairness to Waxman though, he needed to rent a room with an adjoining suite so there would be room for his nostrils.
The congressional expense report is here, if you dare.