Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Let them eat CO2

The day after George Bush's State of the Union speech, carefully written to sucker people into thinking he cares a little bit more about human-induced global warming, he fails the first test of seriousness: he has a staged photo-op today near Wilmington, Delaware -- just 90 minutes or so north of Washington, and easily accessible by train. So --

[deputy White House press secretary] MS. PERINO: All right, we have a short flight to -- we have a short flight to Delaware ... He will tour -- can you guys back these off just a little bit, thanks -- tour of DuPont Experimental Station. He will tour a greenhouse that will feature cellulosic energy research. He will make remarks. There's about 1,150 attendees -- mostly are made up of DuPont employees. Secretary Bodman is on the plane. He will introduce the President. Congressman Mike Castle is also on the plane.

At 1:00 p.m. today, the President will meet with -- I'm sorry, 1:10 p.m., the President meets with General Dan McNeil, incoming Commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

So fly up to Wilmington for a stunt with a captive workforce audience, and then back to DC for meetings. And this on a day when --

the President signed an executive order that directs the federal government to lead by example in advancing the nation's energy security and environmental performance needs.

Leading by example, indeed.