Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article, The Greenest Show on Earth: Democrats Gear Up for Denver, which highlights the attempts at the Democratic National Convention to run “the greenest convention in the history of the planet” (at least, at bequest of Denver’s mayor, John Hickenlooper).
Read through the article and you see how difficult it is to focus on green, renewable, carbon-free, Union labor for everything.
More interesting are the points the article didn’t make…
- The convention’s Director of Greening, Andrea Robinson, hired an Official Carbon Adviser to “measure the greenhouse-gas emissions of every placard, every plane trip, every appetizer prepared and every coffee cup tossed.” One would wonder how much carbon is burned transporting all those placard, appetizer, and coffee cup samples… or the food waste (did they eat the appetizers?)… or the waste generated by the Official Carbon Advisor doing this job in the first place.
- Even better, during the four-day event, “900 volunteers will hover at waste-disposal stations to make sure delegates put each scrap of trash in the proper bin.” Unless these 900 people are walking to the event each day, that’s tens of thousands of miles of transportation for these 900 people. OK, maybe they’ll all take public transportation.
Not to be outdone, the article points out that Republicans are on the bandwagon, too. Chief among their brainstorms is to ensure “each meal should include ‘at least three of the following colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple, and white.'” That shouldn’t be hard, as some combination of FD&C color additives should be able to duplicate just about any color.
These are the people who are leading our country into the 21st century? This is where their priorities are? Look at all their effort (and so much waste) put in to this, when simpler solutions are at hand.
Simple solutions like getting your home to run 100% on renewable energy. I did this about two years ago by signing up with ConEdison Solutions. I pay a little more on my bill, and in turn my energy supplier guarantees that my energy comes from “65% run-of-the-river hydro and 35% wind power.”
True, they may lie to me, and get that energy from dirty coal. Maybe I should hire a Director of Green Power Alternatives to find out for sure, because, hey, if you’re working towards a green world, it doesn’t matter how much waste is left in your wake.