DNC: What’s the Damage?

So the DNC has come and gone. Promises were made by the candidates, whether or not they will come to pass remains to be seen. Whether or not the promises were nothing more than grandstanding, well only God knows.

Prior to what has to be one of the world’s largest pep rallies, the Democratic Party leadership made a promise of its own: to make the upcoming convention “the greenest convention in the history of the planet.” (See, “The DNC: It’s not easy being Green…”)

Well, ran across a piece which recounts the damage:
Democrats find ‘green’ political convention tough to enforce

They tried and tried mightily but the author concludes:

Let us stipulate that the Democratic Party, perhaps because it was good marketing or perhaps because it was a sound principle, made an effort to promote recycling here. But whopping huge mounds of trash remain unavoidable–and the presence of idling SUVs–show that the concept remains more of a slogan than reality. (Then again, probably the only way to hold a “green” convention is to do it entirely over the Internet.)

As for me, I’m just wondering how many of the attendees can echo Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s (below) famous pronouncement: “You know, I keeps a private jet”

While it is not easy being green, it is easy to be Money May.

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The DNC: It’s not easy being Green…

Tell this guy something he doesn’t know…

Came across this Wall Street Journal piece in yesterday’s Houston Chronicle,

The Greenest Show on Earth: Democrats Gear Up for Denver

Democrats are jumping through biodegradable hoops to make, in the words of Denver mayor John Hickenlooper, their upcoming convention, “the greenest convention in the history of the planet.”

Of course, no decent greening article would be complete without the reminder that indulgences are alive and kicking. To atone for their sins against Mother Gaia the DNC hired a “greening director” (not Kermit) who then hired,

…an Official Carbon Adviser, who will measure the greenhouse-gas emissions of every placard, every plane trip, every appetizer prepared and every coffee cup tossed. The Democrats hope to pay penance for those emissions by investing in renewable energy projects.

Fantastic. Greenguilt-free politicking what can beat that? Nothing, except maybe this post.

Or perhaps this from the Wall Street Journal piece,

Watching the greening frenzy from afar, Fred L. Smith Jr., president of the libertarian Washington think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute, suggested the Democrats could really shrink their footprint by staging a virtual-reality convention: “Just have everyone stay at home with their laptops, sitting in their pajamas, interacting through their avatars.”

Democrats…