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Obama’s Earth Day Trip Is Jet Fueled With Irony

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Obama is visiting the Florida Everglades to mark Earth Day and, according to Us News, plans to give a speech highlighting the economic costs of ignoring climate change. The irony is that, according to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, Obama’s Earth Day trip to the Everglades will cover 1,836 miles round trip and consume 9,180 gallons of fuel resulting in the release of as much as 5 times the carbon emissions as the average American annually.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest was recently quoted in a press briefing as having said that “it’s a provocative question” when asked whether the president worries that he could be undermining his entire message by flying to the Everglades on a 747.

It’s a provocative question (…) But, no, he doesn’t.  The President believes that there are important changes that we can make to reduce carbon pollution in this country, and we can do it in a way that will be good for our economy.  That is precisely the case that the President will be making at the Everglades.  And he’s looking forward to the trip.

According to Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the plan can strike a real blow against the central environmental challenge of our time, by helping to clean up the dirty power plants that account for 40 percent of the nation’s carbon footprint. Under the plan, we can cut power-plant carbon pollution 26 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030, when compared with 2005 levels. We can do even better than that, but what matters most is that we get started now.

Dan Lashof, director of NRDC’s Climate and Clean Air Program, said in a recent press release by the NRDC, that “more than 200,000 new jobs” could be created by implementing Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

For the sake of our children’s future, we have an obligation to fight back against climate change, which is already damaging and disrupting our communities (…) The nation must curb the largest source of climate-changing pollution pouring into our skies, without any limits, from coal-fired power plants. And the good news is we can while creating more than 200,000 new jobs, trimming electricity bills and helping our economy

In other climate change coverage here at Immortal News, climate change is turning Chile’s Chinchorro mummies into “black ooze.”

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