I’ve been privileged to view a pre-release copy of a study by the Institute for Liberty which analyzes data from federal agencies, environmentalist organizations and news accounts to extrapolate the estimated environmental impact for the 2009 Inauguration. On the basis of this data, IFL estimates that the total carbon footprint for the Inauguration will likely exceed 570 million POUNDS of CO2 – the equivalent of 57,698 YEARS of carbon produced by a standard household.
This estimate doesn’t even include additional emissions from security, the energy required from large screen TV’s, people watching it on TV or the hot air emitted by politicians.
Like IFL, I make no criticism of these emissions, merely note the hypocrisy of the left using the coercive power of the state to punish business and hurt working American families while themselves acting outside the standards they want to force upon others.
I’ll post the link as soon as the study goes live.