President Barack Obama is eager to get across the message that climate change is endangering Alaska’s ecosystem, so he’s actively blogging his three-day trip through the state. But Obama’s blogging is sending another message: that he’s able to fly around in a very large plane.
“All right, let’s go to Alaska!” Obama says to open the first video of his Alaska trip.
Twenty seconds in the video, Obama is seen disembarking from Air Force One, while the camera zooms out to take in the plane’s immense size.
“Alaskans are already living with the effects of climate change,” Obama says in his trip blog. “More frequent and extensive wildfires. Bigger storm surges as sea ice melts faster. Some of the swiftest shoreline erosion in the world — in some places, more than three feet a year. Alaska’s glaciers are melting faster, too — threatening coastal communities, tourism and adding to rising seas.” (RELATED: Obama Will Jetset To Arctic To Warn About Global Warming)
Obama believes this climate change is due to humanity’s significant output of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Despite this, his blog extensively showcases Air Force One, a huge Boeing VC-25 that uses thousands of gallons of fuel every time it takes to the skies.
At one point Monday, Obama photographed distant Mt. Denali (Mt. McKinley until it was renamed Sunday) from the air, showing off both the peak and Air Force One’s immense General Electric CF-6 jet turbine, one of the four which collectively consumed almost 17,000 gallons of fuel (equal to what 33 cars use in a given year) getting Obama from Washington to Anchorage: Obama isn’t just visiting Anchorage, but also the cities of Dillingham and Kotzebue, both of which are hundreds of miles away and will require additional flights expelling thousands of pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere.