Obama's Earth Day traveling burned over 9,000 gallons of fuel
President Obama was in Iowa yesterday for Earth Day, but in an ironic twist, all his traveling on that day actually burned off about 9,000 gallons of fuel. He took two flights on Air Force One and four on Marine One.
A typical Boeing 747 burns off about 5 gallons of fuel every mile, and as it is 895 miles from Washington DC to Des Moines, Iowa, a round trip would put the consumption at about 8,950 gallons.
The trip also put President Obama on Marine One for round-trip flights between the White House and Andrews AFB and between Des Moines International Airport and Newton, Iowa, site of his Earth Day speech. It totaled about an hour of flight time. The VH-3D that serves as Marine One consumes about 1200 pounds of fuel per hour which comes out to about 166 gallons consumed flying the President today.
More fuel would have to be used also to transport the President to and from the airports as well, including transportation for his staff as well.
The President did talk about the need for alternative energy sources yesterday and about how it's important for Americans to ease their dependence on oil.
Some are remarking how ironic that statement was when he had to fly so far to say it.