Ah, yes, our government really cares about not adding carbon to the air.
Today, Air Force One, without the President of the United States, flew from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to New York City with two Air Force fighter jets in tow.
Te media was told the aircraft were part of a photo op.
Damn the carbon: full speed ahead!
The cost of this photo op was calculated by a friend in the Air Force at about $75,000…..
W.H. Military Office head Louis Caldera has released a statement apologizing for the Air Force One fiasco in New York:
“Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision. While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.”
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We are told, the amount of carbon released by an aircraft is directly related to the amount of fuel they use, a little over three grams of CO2 being produced for every one gram of kerosene. Since figures for the amount burnt per hour are readily available from the manufacturers, it would seem a simple exercise to spot the best and worst models. However, as with so many issues of the whole carbon/climate debate, rating their performance is not as straightforward as it first appears.
To make a fair comparison, the energy required per person must be taken into account. A Boeing 747, for example, releases around 35kg of carbon dioxide per kilometer….But in today’s flight, since it had no purpose except posing for a picture, and the aircraft was just about empty, all the carbon should be paid by the U.S. government back to whom? The U.S. taxpayer, one would guess….?
|An F-16 fighter jet trails a larger military aircraft over Lower Manhattan Monday, April 27, 2009, conducting a photo shoot that panicked thousands of New Yorkers who believed the city was in jeopardy for another terrorist attack.
Photo: Christopher Talbot, WCBS-AM Listener
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he is furious that the federal government flew the planes near Ground Zero. Bloomberg says the flyover so near the World Trade Center site showed “poor judgment” and was insensitive. He says he is furious that the NYPD and another city agency were notified last week, but did not tell him.
If he had known, Bloomberg says he would have tried to stop it.
From Bloomberg News
An Air Force One backup plane swooping over New York Harbor, escorted by U.S. Air Force F-16 fighters for a Pentagon photo opportunity, frightened Wall Street workers and evoked fears of another terrorist attack.
Two F-16s and an Air Force VC-25 command-and-control aircraft, used as Air Force One when the president flies on it, flew over Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor today, an Air Force spokeswoman, Vicki Stein, said from the Pentagon.
“I thought, ‘Oh, hell,’ that it was 9/11 all over again,” said Kate Geraghty, a Verizon Communications Inc. sales executive who saw the jet from Jersey City, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from Manhattan.
“I saw this very large plane very, very low in the sky and I thought, ‘Oh my God, this plane is going to crash,’” Geraghty said in an interview. “And then it disappeared behind one of the buildings, and then I saw it emerge with a fighter plane in tow, right on its tail.”
The 30-minute sortie, from about 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., was a “normally scheduled training mission” coordinated with the White House and New York office of the Federal Aviation Administration, Stein said.
NYC Police Surprised
New York police, told by the FAA not to disclose information about the flight, assumed it would be at a higher altitude, Paul Browne, the deputy police commissioner, said in an interview.
“They said it was flying over the Statue of Liberty,” Browne said. “We presumed it was going to be an elevation that would cause no concern.”
Eyewitnesses reported the plane was flying below the level of some office towers along the river.
Officials at Jersey City Medical Center were meeting in a conference room to discuss the possible swine flu pandemic when they saw the planes fly by, said Mark Rabson, a spokesman for the hospital’s parent, Liberty Health System.
“We watched it go by once and then twice and then three times; it was very scary,” Rabson said. “We were all quite nervous and scared.”
From the Wall Street Journal: Includes Video: