So what’s the carbon footprint of a motorcade?

September 22, 2009

World leaders in New York City for the U.N. General Assembly also bring motorcades, gridlock, and idling engines. GERMANY-AUTOSHOW/

So when White House reporters, also in New York following President Barack Obama around, got a briefing on U.N. climate change talks, the question had to be asked.

CBS’s Mark Knoller wondered about the carbon footprint of the summit: could the earnest statements on climate change be undermined by motorcades, gridlock, idling engines?

The answer: electric motorcades!

(Would that mean electric sockets on every corner in midtown Manhattan?)

“I think the U.N. should make a pledge to electric vehicle motorcades within five years,” U.S. climate negotiator Todd Stern told reporters.

Photo credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach (power plug is seen next to an electric-drive car)

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*That* would be great, wouldn’t it? Do the same thing at the U.S. Congress!

Posted by Mekhong Kurt | Report as abusive

I’ll believe in global warming and carbon footprints when the people that keep telling me to believe it act they believe it. Its all ‘smoke & mirrors’ to make some people very, very, richer. As usual, follow the money. Al Gore and his cronies come to mind. Does anyone seriously believe that China, India and other developing countries will adhere to the global warming scam? They’re going to say that the USA had had its industrial revolution and now its their turn, carbon footprints and global warming be damned.

Posted by Jim Scott | Report as abusive