Yesterday, the United States Department of Environmental¬†Protection began a seven-day five city tour of the nation to speak to people¬†about the concept of climate change. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy will,¬†while accomplishing the goal of reminding Americans of their duty to the¬†planet, actually generate more carbon emissions than she can ever hope to save,¬†according to the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility¬†(PEER.)
In a statement released ahead of McCarthy’s Earth Day Tour,¬†PEER’s Executive Director Jeff Ruch said, “Frenetically jetting around the¬†country appears to undercut [the] EPA’s message to ordinary Americans that they¬†should conserve, consume less, and reduce transportation pollution.”
Gina McCarthy, on a late night appearance on The Daily Show¬†last night, praised the agency’s record, touting a 70% reduction in air¬†pollution in the past 40 years. Nevertheless, the PEER group says that the very¬†engaging Ms. McCarthy’s itinerary is less than inspiring in the larger picture¬†of environmental awareness. McCarthy is scheduled to join Energy Secretary¬†Moniz in Boston tonight to throw out the first¬†pitch at the Red Sox vs Yankee’s baseball game at FenwayPark.
According to McCarthy, Obama’s switch to eco-friendly¬†vehicles for the presidential fleet is making a big difference in the First¬†Footprint. We are assured that the tires on each of those vehicles is checked¬†regularly for proper inflation pressure, one of the first points the President¬†made in his war against pollution in this country. In her interview with Jon¬†Stewart, McCarthy spoke briefly about President Obama’s commitment to his¬†Climate Action Plan and joked that the first goal was to convince the¬†Republicans in Congress that the crisis is real.
Many, including a multitude of conservatives, believe the global¬†changes in weather and temperature may be attributed to normal fluctuations¬†through which the planet has gone from the beginning of Earth’s history.
In light of differing scientific opinions about the reality¬†of what was once referred to as “global warming,” but changed to¬†“climate change” when ambient temperatures around the globe stubbornly¬†continued to drop, there is ongoing skepticism about the environmental phenomenon.
The more serious side of the Climate Change debate will become¬†reality in June when new carbon emission standards will be implemented in power¬†plants across the nation. The Obama administration has moved ahead with these¬†measures in spite of Congressional reluctance to do so, fearing the loss of¬†jobs and the upward trend energy costs are likely to take in the wake of more¬†regulation.
PEER’s Ruch asks, “Hasn‚Äôt EPA heard of Skype?”
In light of the cost and emissions created when the¬†President travels, one might also wonder if the First Family could not also¬†make better use of technology.