Saturday, November 20, 2010

Obama on eco cars: Do as I say, not as I do

At today's NATO summit in Lisbon, the POTUS is turning heads, according to the Christian Science Monitor:

While the Portuguese prime minister and the Portuguese president of the European Union’s executive commission are tooling around the NATO summit here in no-emission electric vehicles, Mr. Obama is fouling the Lisbon skies with his no-efficiency "Beast," the eight-ton, diesel-fueled behemoth of a limousine the president carts around the world with him.
Obama is expected to discuss climate change and a common US-Europe approach to it when he takes part in a US-European Union (EU) summit after the NATO meeting on Saturday. But in the meantime, the Portuguese capital is being treated to a jarring dichotomy: the polluting "leader of the free world," on one hand, lumbering across town in the Beast with a phalanx of black Secret Service vehicles and Portuguese police motorcycles in tow; and the Europeans zipping around in smart electric vehicles, on the other.
Oh, and to drive the point home, journalists attending the summit are being ferried to events in electric buses, as well.

UPDATE: Karen De Coster at LRC comments:
To show you the level of dedication Obama has to his green policy — designed to enrich the corporate state and control and imprison the masses — note his usual flair for arrival at ….. a green summit.

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