On a day when many Americans will be reflecting upon how they can reduce their impact on the environment, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will board separate jets in Washington on Earth Day morning to fly 250 miles up the east coast to New York, where they will land at separate airports to attend separate events within a few miles of each other.

The parallel visits of Air Force One (a 747/VC-25 aircraft) and Air Force Two (a 757/C-32A aircraft) will delay dozens, if not hundreds of commercial flights at Kennedy and LaGuardia and other nearby airports as no-fly zones are implemented. Jets will be forced to circle and burn more fuel as they wait for the VIPs to come and go. Their security contingents consisting of dozens of cars, SUVs and helicopters will burn even more. Throw in thousands of commuters’ cars and delivery trucks sitting idle in traffic as law enforcement closes large swaths of the city and you have yourself a very Earth-unfriendly day.

Carbon schmarbon, I’m not flying with that guy!

  1. Uncle Patso says:

    If they can pass higher fleet mileage requirements, they will have made up for it a million-fold.

  2. Angus says:

    You didn’t think the green/conservation rules applied to the ruling class, did you?

  3. ScotterOtter says:

    Headline #1: Obama & Biden take different planes to same location on Earth Day

    Headline #2: Obama & Biden learn nothing from Poland plane crash and take same plane

    You can’t win with some people

  4. Greg Allen says:

    Oh my word… another ginned-up bogus “scandal” that the right wingers stupidly latch on to.

    Presidents and VPs in every administration haven’t usually fly together. I don’t think it’s any law or rule but it’s good security practice — just think of what happened to Poland’s leadership.


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