Even though I should know better—DO know better—by now, sometimes they can still amaze me.
Bernie Sanders’s Campaign Spent $300k on Private Plane Travel in October
Sanders says ‘climate change is the single greatest threat facing our planet’
Of COURSE he does.
The re-election campaign for Vermont senator Bernie Sanders spent nearly $300,000 to travel on a private jet in the final stretch of the midterm election, filings with the Federal Election Commission show.
The spending on private travel was for a campaign trip Sanders did to boost far-left candidates in nine different states, his campaign spokesman said.
“This expense was for transportation for the senator’s nine-day, nine-state tour to support Democratic candidates up and down the ballot ahead of Election Day,” campaign spokesman Arianna Jones told VTDigger.org, which was first to identify the spending. “This cost covered the entirety of the tour from Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Carolina, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, California, and back to Vermont.”
Air travel is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions, with some estimations saying that the aviation industry accounts for about 11 percent of transportation-related emissions in the country. The environmental impact is greatly magnified in cases of private flights, which carry far fewer people per trip than commercial jets.
Sanders claims on his website that “climate change is the single greatest threat facing our planet” and puts the blame chiefly on the growing rate of emissions being produced by the transportation sector.
“Global climate change is real, it is caused mainly by emissions released from burning fossil fuels and it poses a catastrophic threat to the long-term longevity of our planet,” he writes. “The transportation sector accounts for about 26 percent of carbon pollution emissions.”
Der Kommissar’s media flack goes on to explain that he bought himself special dispensation from the High Church of Climate Change to cancel out his sins, which were ruled by Pope Pious XIV (formerly known as Albert “Arnold The Pig” AlGore) to be venal and not mortal ones. To paraphrase Gomer Pyle: “You see folks, they’s two sets of laws: one for them and one for the ordinary citizen.” But then—seeing as how our rulers have long exempted themselves from the multitude of laws they inflict on the rest of us—we already knew that anyway, now didn’t we?
It gets me to thinking about all the various comforting lies we tell ourselves about just what this country is and is not, which is a topic that’s gonna have to wait for a longer post—a MUCH longer post, in fact.