What is the Carbon Footprint of the McCain Mansions?
We have noted before that the rich are different from you and me- they emit a lot more carbon dioxide. Presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain is no exception; Joe Romm of Climate Progress ran the numbers on as many of McCain's homes he could find information on.
He writes: "So what is the carbon footprint of McCain’s countless homes? Here is a rough estimate.According to press reports, just one of McCain’s homes, his $4.66 million condo in Phoenix, is about 7000 square feet, which is three times the size of the average American home built last year. His $850,000 Virginia condo is another 2,100 square feet. Given a total estimated value of McCain’s homes of $14 million, one can make a very rough estimate that McCain has 10 times the carbon footprint of the average American home, which is about 15 tons of CO2."
And that doesn't count the energy used commuting among them all, especially in the wife's private jet. Do the math at ::Climate ProgressMore on how the rich are different:The Rich Are Different from You and Me. They Emit more Carbon.Shocking News: The Rich Have Bigger Carbon Footprints Than the PoorThe Rich Are Different From You and Me . They Use A Lot More Water ...New York Times on Recycling KitchensNOTE: This post has been reconsidered and rewritten on the basis of readers responses in the comments, which may no longer make sense.