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How big a carbon footprint does a transatlantic stampede make?

Moreover, how much does it cost?

It's hard to say, since our leaders in Washington, acting like we live under a monarchy, refuse to tell us.

With 10 percent unemployment and the economy struggling to recover, 20 or more members of Congress, aides and family members nonetheless commandeered three military planes and various commercial flights to the recent waste-of-space Copenhagen climate summit.

That the summit produced nothing is bad enough. That it cost taxpayers untold hundreds of thousands is adding insult to injury.

But far worse than the outrage of such an expensive junket is how arrogant and imperious trip organizer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been in refusing to be held accountable for the ill-fated adventure.

CBS News reports that it tried, and failed, to tally the taxpayers' bill for the congressional jaunt.

"Many referred us to Speaker Pelosi, who wouldn't agree to an interview," the network reported. "Her office said it 'will comply with disclosure requirements,' but wouldn't give us cost estimates or even tell us where they all stayed."

Not even the queen of England conducts herself as much like a monarch.

All CBS News could do was estimate some of the costs -- including $168,000 for the three military planes. There were also 321 hotel bookings, many at a five-star hotel, the network said. "Nobody we asked would defend the super-sized congressional presence on camera."

Steve Ellis of Taxpayers for Common Sense told CBS News, "Every penny counts. Congress should be shaking the couch cushions looking for change, rather than spending cash for everybody to go to Copenhagen."

As for the carbon footprint for the trip? Says CBS News: "They produced enough climate-stunting carbon dioxide to fill 10,000 Olympic swimming pools. Which means even if Congress didn't get a global agreement, they left an indelible footprint all the same."

Even liberal-leaning CNN's commentator Jack Cafferty had choice words for the speaker of the House and her conduct in this caper:

"It's a disgrace. People are suffering in this country," Cafferty said. "What a horrible woman she is."

Arrogant and imperious, for certain.

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LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/18/10 - 04:20 am
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I certainly hope Mr Shafer,

I certainly hope Mr Shafer, who had an LTE printed today, takes time to read this opinion column. This just another example of "transparency" that we can see right through from Madame Speaker and the Obama (PBUH) administration. They aren't serious about global warming, they will just say or do anything to try and pick up a few more votes. The (now seemingly abandoned) Cap and Trade initiative was/is no more than an attempt at more federal government control.

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johnston.cliff 01/18/10 - 04:48 am
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The religion of liberalism

The religion of liberalism has, as predicted, produced a horrible theocracy.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/18/10 - 05:55 am
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The queen says, "Let the poor

The queen says, "Let the poor eat cake if they have no bread." Yet, she spends a fortune to take her entourage in her flying palace to Denmark. I believe a revolution against the arrogance, as we are having now, brought about Marie's downfall. History repeats.

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Dixieman 01/18/10 - 06:17 am
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Believe (1) earth is getting

Believe (1) earth is getting warmer, (2) harm caused by this is greater than benefits (there are some) of it, (3) man can reverse this, and (4) cost of doing (3) is less than effect of (2). None are proven or even likely, and (4) is incredibly expensive. You have to be a great fool to fall for any of this when no one knows the weather 30 days from now. Global warming fools are watermelons - green on the outside, red (socialist) on the inside, just want to seize control of the world's economy. Not fooling me.

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Riverman1 01/18/10 - 07:48 am
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The article on bamboo has

The article on bamboo has double the comments of the editorial today. Either we have a lot of gardeners or everyone is tired of Pelosi...even hearing about her wrongdoings.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/18/10 - 08:08 am
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I certainly don't see any of

I certainly don't see any of the regular liberal posters here defending her today. OH that's right, they are entitled just like her and probably don't even wake up until after 10am.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 01/18/10 - 08:13 am
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On Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the lead editorial in the AC is an anti-Democrat collection of half-truths and distortions. How sad and pathetic.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 01/18/10 - 08:13 am
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Dixieman, go ahead, continue

Dixieman, go ahead, continue to fiddle while Rome burns.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/18/10 - 08:14 am
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Point out which statements

Point out which statements are half-truths and distortions Rhetor.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/18/10 - 08:16 am
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o_t - Dude, I'll give ya

o_t - Dude, I'll give ya credit for being stubborn. Why should your request be heeded this time when it hasn't in the last few thousand times we have posted similar questions to the Obamorons?

Rhetor
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Rhetor 01/18/10 - 08:23 am
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Obamormons? This habit

Obamormons? This habit conservatives have of substituting insults for reason is absurd. It shows the lack of any kind of ability to use your minds. Such nonsense reflects against you, not against your opponents.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 01/18/10 - 08:24 am
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O_T, point out to me where

O_T, point out to me where the AC honored King on his holiday.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/18/10 - 08:30 am
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Rhetor - deflection does not

Rhetor - deflection does not cut it. MLK Jr. Day has nothing to do with what I asked you. Stay on topic if you aren't too ADHD to do so.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/18/10 - 08:35 am
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OT, since the race card is

OT, since the race card is the only one in his hand, he had to figure out a way to get it out there. We'll be "haters" in just a minute for talking about a living white lady instead of a dead black man. Watch......

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dashiel 01/18/10 - 08:37 am
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The Chronicle never

The Chronicle never scrutinized Shah Dubya's tab for his Mongolia junket. Why do y'all mongoloids think he chose THAT productive mission? But now that you've brought it up, Nancy does appear to have a fixation on aircraft. Perhaps she never flew enough as a child.

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corgimom 01/18/10 - 08:40 am
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Don't forget Bush's trip to

Don't forget Bush's trip to the Olympics, that we paid for. And Nancy does have a fixation on flying, her broom is in the shop.

dashiel
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dashiel 01/18/10 - 08:50 am
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Ha, Corgi, I hadn't

Ha, Corgi, I hadn't considered that possibility. If a new broom sweeps clean, we might be better off paying for her jet fuel.

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willienelson 01/18/10 - 09:04 am
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Hopefully journalists will

Hopefully journalists will learn the names of every politician, of all parties, who attended this make believe conference and print their names and the cost. The current administration and their cronies should be tried for treason for doing everything they can to bankrupt this country. Does anyone truly think the Democrat party will ever be relevant again after the Obama administration?

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 01/18/10 - 09:24 am
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The current administration

The current administration did not bankrupt this country....Bush and Cheney did while they shoveled your money into their bank accounts.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/18/10 - 09:29 am
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Looks like the pink slip is

Looks like the pink slip is coming on Obama's watch to me. But that's okay, blame Bush, we'll just back it up to Clinton where Freddie Mac went wrong and created this housing derivative nightmare that caused it all.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/18/10 - 10:06 am
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RM1, heck, let's take it back

RM1, heck, let's take it back to Jimmah and 21% mortgage rates if they wanna play along. Remember, "Change you can believe in! No more business as usual in DC!" I suppose not accomplishing anything is a "change". Maybe I'm too harsh on him.

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disssman 01/18/10 - 10:19 am
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I am sure that the ACEs are

I am sure that the ACEs are going to follow this article up with an article on the Governors helicopter use to get around the state. I am a Dem but I agree with ACEs that Nancy is the worst form of representative and I believe she is a closet CONservative when it comes to protecting businesses at the expense of workers.

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LancelotLink 01/18/10 - 10:44 am
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dissman, I can't make myself

dissman, I can't make myself watch her long enough to figure out what she really might be. Good on ya!

Irish
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Irish 01/18/10 - 11:26 am
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Rhectal really needs to go

Rhectal really needs to go back to school. He thinks his opinions are learned but really are just repitition. Openess might help...you sure you aren't Jack234 or 706s brother....

Irish
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Irish 01/18/10 - 11:27 am
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Diss only her own business

Diss only her own business interest.

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KSL 01/18/10 - 11:56 am
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Sorry to hear that Riverman1.

Sorry to hear that Riverman1.

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Chillen 01/18/10 - 12:07 pm
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I've got a great location for

I've got a great location for my carbon footprint. I'd like to plant it on the backside of a few of these climate change activists.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/18/10 - 12:43 pm
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What I find ironic is that

What I find ironic is that the super-lefty CBS news was even concerned about the expenditures. It must be really bad for them to even address the issue.

dashiel
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dashiel 01/18/10 - 12:48 pm
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The Polar ice caps will have

The Polar ice caps will have melted in five years. An earthquake exactly like this one struck Port Au Prince 200 years ago when it had only a few thousand inhabitants. This is just a shadow of what could take place in the planet as a result of climate change, which really was the object of ridicule, derision and deception in Copenhagen. I'm not suggesting that we can control the climate. Shoot, we can barely create a million-dollar rain shower. But even a milk cow can smell smoke.

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LancelotLink 01/18/10 - 01:11 pm
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Buy stock in tin foil! There

Buy stock in tin foil! There is apparently a run on the market!

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