Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The White House Christmas Tree’s Enormous Carbon Footprint

This year most Americans, presuming they’re buying a new tree and not re-using last year’s fake tree, will likely pick out their Christmas tree locally and haul it back to their homes for decoration.

But the White House will have its official Christmas tree hauled all the way across the country from California on a flatbed truck. From the official USDA blog:

The 65-foot white fir from California’s Stanislaus National Forest was harvested and embarked on its journey toward the nation’s capitol on Nov. 5.

While this is the fourth time California will provide the Capitol Christmas Tree, it is the first time that the Forest Service has partnered with a local American Indian tribe to bless the tree. Prior to its harvesting on the Stanislaus, an elder from the Tuolumne Band of Me-wuk Indians blessed the splendid tree and its journey in a private ceremony.

After the blessing, local businesses and arborists teamed up to lift the tree and set it on a double flatbed truck that will eventually deliver it to Washington, D.C. on Nov. 28. But first, the tree started its in-state tour in Sonora, Calif. where it was met with various exhibits, booths and activities. Many attendees signed the tree’s “Christmas card to the nation,” a huge banner that will be hung and displayed on the flatbed truck during the 4,500-mile cross-country road trip.

After visiting communities in California, the tree will head east. During its 20-day trip, it will make a total of 23 stops in nine states, including New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

The country is broke, the environmentalists tell us every aspect of our lives must be regulated in the name of fighting off some sort of global warming apocalypse, but the White House Christmas tree is on a 4,500 mile national tour on a flatbed truck.

How’s that for hypocrisy?