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090115 IFL Release on Bigfoot

090115 IFL Release on Bigfoot

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Published by: The Institute for Liberty on Jan 30, 2009
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06/16/2009

 
For Immediate Release January 15, 2009Contact: Andrew Langer202.261.6592 or andrew.langer@instituteforliberty.org
Carbon Bigfoot: 2009 Inauguration Expected ToGenerate More Than A Half-Billion Pounds Of CO2
(Washington, DC – January 15) -- Next week scores of celebrities including LeonardoDiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Sting, and Steven Spielberg are all expected to flock to thenation's capitol, many by private jets, to the historic inauguration of Barack Obama. The swearing-in extravaganza will surely be the largest yet and is seeing ballooningcosts and a major environmental footprint.In a report released today, the Institute for Liberty (IFL) utilizes data from federalagencies, environmentalist organizations, and news accounts to extrapolate theestimated environmental impact for the 2009 Inauguration. IFL estimates that,given the millions of people expected to converge on the nation’s capital. IFLconcludes:
 The 600 private jets expected to fly visitors to and from the event willproduce 25,320,000 POUNDS of CO2
Personal vehicles could account for 262,483,200 POUNDS of CO2
In the Inaugural parade, horses alone will produce more than 400 POUNDS of CO2
 The total carbon footprint for the Inauguration will likely exceed 575
million
POUNDS of CO2
It would take the average U.S. household 57,598 years to produce a carbonfootprint equal to that of the new president's housewarming party The Inauguration of President Obama is truly an historic occasion that should becelebrated,” said IFL President Andrew Langer. “However, it would be very hypocriticalfor the scores of celebrities, VIPs and political elites to lecture on environmental policy tomiddle America and small businesses that are merely trying to survive in these difficulteconomic times, and then turn around and contribute to the half-billion pounds of emitted CO2. This is a celebration--DC’s small businesses, and thus DC’s workingfamilies, are going to greatly benefit from this event. The rest of America should share inthat opportunity.”View the full report,
Carbon Bigfoot 
on the Institute for Liberty’s Energy Blog,
 The Institute For Liberty1250 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 200Washington, DC 20036PHONE: (202) 261-6592FAX: (877) 350 - 6147www.instituteforliberty.org

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