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The Ecological Incorrectness of 54 Christmas Trees

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by Jeannie DeAngelis

 

The thing about liberals that never ceases to amaze is how the high standards they espouse never apply to them. Take the president and first lady for example. How can you call yourself a green president, allow a group to call themselves "Environmentalists for Obama," rail on and on about climate change...and then, while planning to be away for 21 days in Hawaii, commission 54 Christmas trees to be displayed in the White House?

In the meantime, America is starring in a breathtaking fiscal cliffhanger. With that in mind, is it appropriate to waste taxpayer money on the merciless slaying of 54 oxygen-producing trees? Maybe Mr. and Mrs. Obama should be more like Al Gore; at least Al's concerned about "rising tree mortality" and habitat destruction.

Way back in 2009, Michelle addressed the Environmental Protection Agency and expressed the following sentiments: "Your work will not only save our planet and clean up our environment; it's going to transform our economy and create millions of well-paying jobs."

This year, as unemployment hovers around 8 percent and clearly oblivious to the ecological impropriety of chopping down trees, the first lady told White House visitors, "We have 54 trees in the White House -- 54! That's a lot of trees." Yeah, and in a recession, four million are a lot of dollars to spend on a three-week Christmas vacation that could salary 80 unemployed Americans at $50K for one year.

Debuting White House holiday decorations, Michelle Obama told visitors that "[t]his year's theme...'Joy to All'...celebrates the many joys of the holiday seasons: the joy of giving and service to others; the joy of sharing our blessings with one another; and, of course, the joy of welcoming our friends and families as guests into our homes over these next several weeks."

Judging from the size of the 300-pound gingerbread house on display and based on the scarcity of the Christ-mas Christ, "Joy to All" has zero to do with the joy of a Savior coming into the world and everything to do with the joy of a sugar high.

Nonetheless, if it's true that "[a]n average size tree produces enough oxygen in one year to keep a family of four breathing," from an "Environmentalists for Obama" point of view, wouldn't it be better to keep 216 people oxygenated and skip the 54 trees?

And what about the Obama family dog? Thanks to the indoor thicket of evergreens, poor Bo is now burdened with the undue stress of having to resist using the tree exhibition for purposes other than barking at "Bo-flake" ornaments.

Even still, as a rule, Barack Obama does advocate for decreasing Co2 emissions. Yet, based on the tree extravaganza, it seems as though the climate change-conscious Obamas are unaware that cutting down foliage contributes to larger concentrations of carbon dioxide in the air.

According to the Global Tree Registry, "[i]f every American family planted just one tree, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere would be reduced by one billion pounds annually." That means that the "Joy to All" host and hostess, not counting carbon emissions from jet fuel, have left 54 billion pounds of toxins in the atmosphere this year alone.

Thus far, "Environmentalists for Obama" have not made a public statement about what they would normally consider an ecological and environmentally irresponsible decision to cut down 54 full-sized evergreens, including the 18-foot-6-inch Fraser Fir, brought in on horse-drawn carriage, currently on display in the White House Blue Room.

Typical environmentalist hypocrisy aside, this Christmas, Americans can all breathe easier knowing that the real reason most people are suffocating has nothing to do with air quality, or even White House-sponsored deforestation. Instead, this holiday season, America's asphyxia is due to Barack Obama's policies sucking the oxygen out of every corner of the political, social, and economic atmosphere.

 

 

 

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by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 8:23 AM

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by Bronze Member on Dec. 5, 2012 at 8:48 AM
Don't most Christmas trees come from tree farms, where the trees are constantly replanted?
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IDK. The one in the front lawn of the WH can come from anywhere.

Either way, it takes YEARS to grow a tree that's 10+ feet tall.

Quoting Erinelizz:

Don't most Christmas trees come from tree farms, where the trees are constantly replanted?

 

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by Silver Member on Dec. 5, 2012 at 9:01 AM
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That's a whole lot of trees damn, I lost the spirit last night just midway through putting mine up and it's just a single 8 footer lol. Once that baby was on the roof rack, I was like do I really need a tree? 

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by Bronze Member on Dec. 5, 2012 at 9:12 AM
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The tree on the White House lawn is living. They just had to transplant a new one because the previous one died due to storm damage.

Christmas tree farms plant trees every year, so yes, the trees they use now may have been planted 10 years ago. But they also planted trees 9 years ago, and 8 years ago, etc, so there are trees available every Christmas. They are replenishable.
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by Member on Dec. 5, 2012 at 9:14 AM
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 You would think Environmentalists would understand the term "Renewable Resource". My state has successfully logged, for years. Guess how many "clear cuts" we have? None. In fact, our state is still, to this day, 90% trees. You have to cut trees. A healthy forest consists of 40 trees an acre. The whole 4 million dollar vacation thing, I would have to research. Not that I am a fan of the Obama's, but I pick my battles, rationally.

_Kissy_
by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Did the Obama's personally cut them their self? They were already chopped, they just created wages by buying them.

jcrew6
by Jenney on Dec. 5, 2012 at 11:52 AM
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Taxpayers had money taken out of the salary they earned to pay someone to cut 50+ trees for the White House.


Quoting _Kissy_:

Did the Obama's personally cut them their self? They were already chopped, they just created wages by buying them.


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by Jenney on Dec. 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM
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Ohh and even if it is 1% of a penny, it's still money that someone else earned to give the government to spend on frivolous stuff.
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by Bronze Member on Dec. 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM

They may not have cut them themselves,but were they physically forced upon them or let them in their house?

Quoting _Kissy_:

Did the Obama's personally cut them their self? They were already chopped, they just created wages by buying them.


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