Climate Summit Lousy for Environment, But Worse For Taxpayers

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.

•Three military jets at $9,900 per hour – $168,000 just in flight time.

•Dozens flew commercial at up to $2,000 each.

•321 hotel nights booked – the bulk at Copenhagen’s five-star Marriott.

•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.

Author: Doug Powers

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