Thursday, April 23, 2009

How Many Gallons of Fuel Did It Take To Get The President To His Earth Day Speech?

Approximately 9,116.

In flying to and from Iowa on Earth Day for his save-the-planet speech President Obama took two flights on Air Force One and four flights on Marine One.

According to Boeing a 747 burns about 5 gallons of fuel per mile.

Let's see, it's approximately 895 miles from Washington to DesMoines, so a round trip would bring the fuel consumption for the President to 8,950 gallons.

Then add in time on Marine One for round-trips from the White House to airports and the actual speech venue which took about an hour of flight time and consumes another 1,200 pounds of fuel per hour.

That would calculate out to about 166 more gallons of fuel consumed by our planet-friendly President.

None of these calculations includes the many ground vehicles it took to move him to and from the actual event site.

And to think President Obama could have saved 9,116 gallons of fuel by just giving his speech at the White House.

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