Schwarzenegger| Not So Green Governor?

schwarzenegger flying jet plane Schwarzenegger| Not So Green Governor?

“The time has come to stop looking back at the Kyoto Protocol,” California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said in September of last year (via Reuters). “The consequences of global climate change are so pressing … it doesn’t matter who was responsible for the past. What matters is who is answerable for the future. And that means all of us.”

Apparently that means all of us with the exception of some of us. An article in the Sacramento Bee tells us that the Governator flies back and forth from his office in Sacramento to his Los Angeles mansion “nearly every night” on his private jet. The fact that the cost of these Gulfstream journeys comes from his own pocket (at the cost of around $10,000 an hour) may be comforting to us Californians on a fiscal level, but the global consequences are another matter completely.

In his defense, the governor’s office says he purchases “carbon credits” to offset the greenhouse gases spewed by his flights of fancy. But my question is this: if we’re all responsible for the future of global warming, shouldn’t our supposedly green-minded governor (who was featured on a Newsweek cover last year with a globe) be setting a better example?

Schwarzenegger told the L.A. Times that he doesn’t have a home in Sacramento and that it’s important for him to spend time with his kids. “I felt it took a toll on my family not being at home every day. So, what I am trying to do is find that balance between the family and running the state.”

I don’t know anything about housing market in Sacramento, but I would think the monthly mortgage on a mansion for the family would cost less than daily flights back and forth to L.A. Just a thought.



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