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It Ain't Easy Being Green

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What's wrong with this picture of Bush de-boarding Air Force One? The fact that it was taken upon his return from Wilmington, Delaware, where he'd gone, according to the accompanying NYT article, to make "a sales pitch for [his] plan to reduce projected gasoline consumption by 20 percent over the next 10 years."

Wilmington is about 100 miles from D.C. I realize the President of the United States probably can't travel 100 miles in a motorcade--and I wouldn't wish the unreliability of Amtrak even on Bush--but does he really need to take a behemoth-like 747 to jump a puddle . . . especially when he's jumping that puddle to talk about reducing gasoline consumption?

The H-3 Sea King helicopter that serves as Marine One has, according to Wikipedia, a range of 621 miles and can travel at 166 MPH. In other words, it seems perfectly suited for a presidential trip from D.C. to Wilmington. Maybe the next time Bush wants to talk about reducing energy consumption he should, you know, not gratuitously consume energy in the process.

--Jason Zengerle

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