Andrew Stuttaford in the Corner:
‘Climate change’ moralists are always talking about the need to take responsibility/set an example in the face of the imminent planetary apocalypse. Imagine my surprise, therefore, when I read this:
WASHINGTON — The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat. “He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.
Thermostat down, coat on, Mr. President: the planet’s in peril (or so you tell us).
Mark Hemingway then helpfully provided the Obama campaign quote that apparently has been tossed down the memory hole: the candidate said, “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times . . . and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.”
And Henry Payne has shown us Obama’s SUVs, here and here and, of course, here.
It seems as if the new president has adopted Al Gore’s handy adaptation of Ghandi’s ideal for social change: “As Mahatma Gandhi famously has said, you must become the change you wish to see in the world.” [Ghandi, of course, said “we,” not “you,” as Gore Lied has helpfully pointed out.]
Perhaps I am being unfair. It could be that the new president’s hypocrisy extends only to his choice in vehicles and his thermostat settings. It is possible, after all, that he has switched to an all-arugula diet.