A press release by the National Resources Defense Council indicates that President Obama’s motorcade tonight will be carbon neutral. At first glance one might be impressed that the President is putting his money where his mouth is by driving a more environmentally friendly vehicle or some other personal action that could have a green effect.
Alas, this is not the case. The claims on the ride being carbon comes from the purchase of energy carbon offsets through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. These offsets can come in a variety of flavors, such as investment in wind farms. One such wind farm that supplies credits to the foundations is the Roscoe Wind Farm, the largest in the world, which currently operates 627 wind turbines supplied by Mitsubishi, Siemens AG and General Electric.
GE also owns a 50% stake in Roscoe Farms.
You might recall that the newly appointed Chairman of the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, Jeffery Immelt, is the current head of GE. So when the administration claims that they’re having a carbon neutral ride tonight, what they really mean is that they’re paying GE to take away their personal responsibility and subsidizing the company of an Obama advisor.