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November 23, 2008

Change: Its Not Easy Being Green … Obama’s New Presidential Limo is a Gas Guzzler

Posted in: Barack Obama,Energy,Global Warming,Politics,Presidential Election 2008

Do as I say, not as I do …

More change you can believe in from Barack Obama. During the Presidential campaign Barack Obama promised to get a million plug-in hybrid cars on the road by 2015. However, the Obamamobile that The Chosen One will be using will be a gas guzzler. Hey Barack, it’s not easy being green is it? It’s much easier to yell others how to be green than do it yourself. Obama’s promises of being the most “green” President may be just one of many campaign promises that those who supported Obama may be gravely disappointed.

Obama repeated his campaign pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 and to invest $15 billion a year on energy-saving technologies despite the economic melt-down.

The Obamobile hardly passes as green. One would think the promise from the most “green” President would have provided some symbolism of sorts with his ride. It certainly would have been a message of change if the Presidential limo was, say a hybrid.

The Obamobile being prepared for the president-elect is said to be a monster gas-guzzler made by General Motors, the troubled car giant. It will look like a black Cadillac but is built like a tank. A spy photographer who tracks down future car models for magazines snatched pictures of the heavily disguised first-car-in-waiting when it was being road-tested last summer.

The armour-plated car, which has a raised roof, windows up to 5in thick, extra-strength tyres and a body made of steel, aluminium, titanium and ceramics, is thought to be based on a GMC 2500 truck that gets less than 10 miles to the gallon. Three cars are believed to be in production so that two can serve as decoys.

While security is paramount – the car is built to survive roadside bombs as well as gunfire – there are hybrid four-wheel drives on the market, such as Ford’s Mercury Mariner, which some critics believe could have been adapted for the president.

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