Tuesday, July 2, 2013

ZOMG! The Planet Is Going To Boil Over

The Insufferable Airhorn took a week-long trip to sub-Saharan Africa.  He visited South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania.

According to NationsOnline.org, two of the nations he jet-setted to are classified as third world countries. The Human Development Index (HDI) ranks Tanzania at 152 where the life expectancy at birth is 58.2 years and the Gross National Income per capita (converted to international dollars) is $1328.  Then there’s Senegal.  Senegal is ranked at 155.  The life expectancy at birth is 59.3 years and the GNI is $1708.

He lectured the people of Africa at a town hall event in Johannesburg this past Saturday on just who should and should not benefit from the Industrial Revolution.  Most of the people in sub-Saharan Africa are locked in poverty and despair.  For them, the Insufferable Airhorn’s hubris must have been astounding.

“Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over—unless we find new ways of producing energy.”
The First Family was accompanied by hundreds of Secret Service agents and staff, military cargo planes brought along 56 vehicles including fourteen limousines and three trucks loaded with bulletproof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where His Imperiousness stayed. Fighter jets flew in the air space above the first family to provide round the clock protection—an entourage surpassing that of the Queen of England.

When the Errand Boy Sent By Grocery Clerks winged his way to Copenhagen to beg the IOC to let Chicago host the Olympics, The Washington Examiner did a bit of calculating to determine the carbon footprint of that trip.

They determined that the fuel used by Air Force One (a Boeing 747) per hour is 3,378 gallons.  The trip lasted 14.6 hours for a total consumption of 47,503 gallons.  That means that the carbon emissions for that flight, one way, was 1,031 tons of CO2 and represents a total warming effect of 2,785 tons of CO2.  Multiply that by two because the president always travels with two Air Force One planes.

Using that same formula, Mr. “The-Planet-Is-Going-To-Boil-Over” flew a distance of 8,068 miles to Johannesburg, a trip that takes 16 hours and 45 minutes, consumes 57,426 gallons of fuel and emitted 211,247 tons of CO2.  Don’t forget to multiply that by two.  That’s just one leg of the trip and that’s one helluva carbon footprint.

Now, I know this president, like all the others before him, must travel around the world but I don’t think the taxpayers should be on the hook for $100 million to show his ignorance or his remarkable hubris to tell the people of Africa not to improve things too rapidly or the horrible boiling over will begin or lie that raising their standard of living means the standards of Europe, the West and the rest of the world must come down.

Is he saying that Africa must be a pesthole third world continent without power for the good of the rest of us?

That’s some kind of stupid socialism you got there buddy.  Some kind of stupid.


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