Hilarious Tale of Eco-Idiocy

by William Yeatman on January 14, 2009

Al Gore keeps two huge sport utility vehicles running outside the building wherever he speaks. International environmental diplomats rack up huge carbon footprints flying around the world to luxurious hotel resorts for climate conferences. A Prius gets less gas mileage than a Hummer.

To this list of eco-ironies, we can add New York Representative Eric Massa’s failed fuel cell road trip. According to Jason Chen at Gizmodo, Massa “tried to drive a fuel cell car from NY to DC to make an environmental point and to show how great fuel cell cars are.”

But things got complicated.

Chen continues:

“Massa drove one fuel cell car while a hybrid SUV [Chevy Tahoe] towing an additional SUV followed along. Once he got half way, he switched to new fuel cell car [which I assume was towed to the half way point sometime earlier so that it would be waiting for the environmentally-conscious congressman]. 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.

So basically, one SUV traveled 400 miles and one SUV traveled 600 miles for a total of 1000 miles on a 300 mile trip. That's not even counting the mileage on the fuel cell car. Nice work there Captain Planet.”

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