By: Caleb Howe
Nope. That’s the answer. Oh sure, there are other words said. But the answer is nope. Just nope. Nope nope nope. It’s the question that is the thing.
No, not Mark Knoller’s question, although kudos to him for asking it. The question is “do the elites who demand Americans give up creature comforts in the name of Global Scaring put the same inconveniences and restrictions on themselves?
Do politicians and millionaire busybodies and celebrity “scientists” do without, go without, and forego activities that increase their carbon footprint in order to preserve the earth from certain destruction, as they ask of us?
Do the chuckling and giggling White House reporters listening to Mark Knoller give one single solitary darn that America’s betters are free to murder the planet while the rest of us are lectured into privation?
Nope nope nope.
Here’s the White House transcript of the question. You’ll just have to remember the sneers.
MR. KNOLLER: On the Everglades trip, does the President risk undermining his message when he flies to the Everglades on a 747 hundreds of miles to make a statement about climate change? (Laughter.)
PEANUT GALLERY: He could drive. (Laughter.)
MR. EARNEST: It’s a provocative question.
UNIDENTIFIED: Take a van.
MR. EARNEST: But, no, he doesn’t. The President believes that there are important changes that we can make to reduce carbon pollution in this country, and we can do it in a way that will be good for our economy. That is precisely the case that the President will be making at the Everglades. And he’s looking forward to the trip.
MR. KNOLLER: Does he try to minimize the carbon footprint that he leaves whenever he goes anywhere?
MR. EARNEST: Well, obviously, the Department of Defense and the Presidential Airlift Group at the United States Air Force is responsible for the President’s transportation. So you can talk to them about any steps that they may have taken. I can say as a general matter that the Department of Defense has acknowledged that climate change does pose a national security threat to the United States. And there are a lot of practices that the Department of Defense has taken to try to reduce their carbon footprint. I don’t know how that intersects with the use of Air Force One, but you could check with the Air Force on that.
Is this White House ever going to stop passing the buck?
Go ahead. Guess what the answer is.