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# Obama's Carbon Footprint to bid for the Olympics. In this Era of Green Living, should we begin calculating POTUS carbob footprint

Green Jobs, Green Living.. Should we measure the accountability from the top down? Lead by example?
Air Force One - President Barack Obama

Distance from Washington D.C. to Copenhagen, Denmark, round trip: 8,100 miles
Air Force One (Boeing 747 / VC-25A) cruising speed: 576mph
Fuel used by Boeing 747 per hour: 3,378 gallons
Flight time round trip: 14.06 hours one-way (assuming direct, straight-line flight)
Fuel consumed during round trip flight to Denmark: 47,503 gallons or 296,894 lbs (6.25 lbs / gal)
Carbon emissions of the flight: 1,031 tons of CO2 *
Total warming effect of CO2 for flight: 2,785 tons of CO2 **
Those calculations are for one airplane however. The president always has a second, spare airplane that goes along as well therefore the total must be multipled by two.

Total warming effect of CO2 for two Air Force One planes: 5,571 tons of CO2 *

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 9:51 AM on Oct. 3, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (32)
• Al called. He's too busy trying to find a way to explain away the carbon footprint of his houses... he'll get back to us!

Answer by christaberk at 10:13 AM on Oct. 3, 2009

• First Lady Michelle Obama

The first lady flew to Copenhagen aboard an Air Force 737 (C40) in advance of the president. Judging from the video of her arrival, this was a 737-800, a very fuel efficient plane by comparison to Air Force One.

Boeing 737-800 cruising speed: 514 mph
Fuel used by Boeing 737 per hour: 786 gallons
Flight time: 15.75 hours one-way (assuming direct, straight-line flight)
Fuel consumed during round trip flight to Denmark: 12,386 gallons or 77,714 lbs
Carbon emissions of the flight: 269 tons of CO2
Total warming effect of CO2 for flight: 726 tons of CO2

Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:52 AM on Oct. 3, 2009

• Additional aircraft

According to the White Houseâ€™s website, â€œSeveral cargo planes typically fly ahead of Air Force One to provide the President with services needed in remote locations.â€ These include carrying the vehicles for his motorcade, Secret Service personnel, an advance scout detail and more. The exact details of the planes and the number of them is of course top secret but letâ€™s assume there were three planes, comparable to the one Michelle Obama flew.

Total warming effect of CO2 for additional aircraft: 3 X 726 = 2,178 tons of CO2
The Final Tally

5,571 tons CO2 for President Obama
726 tons CO2 for first lady Michelle Obama
2,178 tons CO2 for support aircraft
Grand Total: 8,379 tons CO2 for trip to Copenhagen

By comparison, the average American household has a carbon footprint of 19.5 tons of CO2 per year.

Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:52 AM on Oct. 3, 2009

• Therefore, President Obama's two day trip deposited as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 430 American families do in an entire year.

Assumptions

* Emissions based on standard rate of 6.95 lbs CO2 / lb aviation fuel

** Total warming effect based on 2.7 multipler the IPCC uses due to the fact a plane flying at altitude does more damage to the atmosphere (radiative forcing) and emits ozone and water vapor.

Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:53 AM on Oct. 3, 2009

• Wouldn't it have just been more efficient to just send Oprah? :o)

Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:54 AM on Oct. 3, 2009

• Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:56 AM on Oct. 3, 2009

• GET A LIFE!

Answer by Anonymous at 9:59 AM on Oct. 3, 2009

• ooh-- anon is a little defensive!

Thank you Carpy! I was thinking the same thing!

Obviously the libs can't handle when THEIR MAN shows no regard for THEIR principles of global warming!

Answer by christaberk at 10:05 AM on Oct. 3, 2009

• Did you calculate the trips he took criss-crossing the country to stump his UHC, or the trip to Martha' Vineyard, or the trip to NY City to go out to eat, or the trip to Chicago to play basketball and get a haircut? Not to mention the "Apology Tour" he took. What does Al Gore say? Al?... Al?... Al? Has anyone heard from Al?

Answer by jesse123456 at 10:11 AM on Oct. 3, 2009

• LOL! It's always "get a life!" when the harsh reality of being a blatant hypocrit stands in the way of the liberal agenda! :o)

Answer by LoriKeet at 10:16 AM on Oct. 3, 2009

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