How to Show Off Your Conservation Credentials

Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) decided he wanted to show off how green he was by driving an electric car being developed in his district to his swearing in at the Capitol in D.C. Of course no electric car actually has enough juice to make the 300 mile trip. So what’s a feel good conservationist to do?

Massa drove one fuel cell car while a hybrid SUV towing an additional SUV followed along. Once he got half way, he switched to new fuel cell car. The empty fuel cell was then towed back by the first SUV. As he continued on his journey, the second SUV followed. Once Massa arrived in DC, the second SUV then towed the second fuel cell car back to NY.

I have to wonder if at any point while hatching this stunt that someone didn’t tell Rep Massa that by showing off his green technology he was wasting a ton of energy and polluting? Was he just too dense to know or just too callus to care?

(H/t: Radley Balko)

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2 Responses to “How to Show Off Your Conservation Credentials”

  1. on 17 Jan 2009 at 8:25 am bains

    Likely a combination of dense and callous.  As anecdote, I’ve a neighbor who hates Bush, “he ruined the environment, and Obama will rescue it” she says while engaging her snow blower every time it snows.  Using my shovel, I nod saying to myself,  ‘yeah, it is always someone else’s fault.’

    By making the gesture, Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) claims creditability because he means well; our media gives him creditability because of the D following his name.  Just like Al Gore, how big ones own carbon footprint is is irrelevant as long as the rhetoric is approved.  In 2012, Mr Massa will have the photo of him in his electric car, along with the approved green narrative, and the media, and his constituents, will conveniently forget the convoy that supported his stunt.

  2. on 19 Jan 2009 at 12:21 pm Robohobo

    “Was he just too dense to know or just too callus to care?”


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