Obama’s Earth Day Flight Emits More CO2 Than 17 Cars Would In A Year

Michael Bastasch | Energy Editor

President Barack Obama’s trip to see Florida’s Everglades for Earth Day has racked up quite the carbon footprint. Using government estimates, his one day trip emits as much carbon dioxide as 17 passenger vehicles do in one year of driving.

Obama announced over the weekend he would be visiting the Everglades Wednesday to highlight how the region could be lost to rising sea levels and more extreme weather if nothing is done to stop global warming.

“The Everglades is one of the most special places in our country. But it’s also one of the most fragile,” Obama said in his weekly address video. “Rising sea levels are putting a national treasure – and an economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry — at risk.”

“So climate change can no longer be denied — or ignored,” the president added.

CBS News reporter Mark Knoller noted the environmental footprint of Obama’s journey via Air Force One.

Using the Obama EPA’s carbon footprint calculator, The Daily Caller News Foundation found that Obama’s Air Force One flight will emit 90 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. To put this into perspective, it’s the same carbon footprint as 17.2 cars driving for the year. It’s also the same as burning nearly 88,000 pounds of coal or burning 190 barrels of crude oil. But Obama will not be going to the Everglades alone (well, not including his staff and secret service). Bill Nye the “Science Guy” will be joining him on Air Force One to highlight the how global warming is threatening the world.

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