Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Democrat Convention - The Lunatic Left RFP

Oh my goodness - green lunacy at its best. The Eco-fanatics are at it again in planning for the The Democrat National Nominating Convention on Aug. 25-28 which will bring about 50,000 people to Denver.

This article in the Denver Post just cracked me up:
Fried foods are forbidden at the committee's 22 or so events, as is liquid served in individual plastic containers. Plates must be reusable, like china, recyclable or compostable. The food should be local, organic or both.

And caterers must provide foods in "at least three of the following five colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple, and white,"

Caterers praise the committee and the city for their green ambitions, but some say they're baffled by parts of the RFP.

"I think it's a great idea for our community and our environment. The question is, how practical is it?" asks Nick Agro, the owner of Whirled Peas Catering in Commerce City. "We all want to source locally, but we're in Colorado. The growing season is short. It's dry here. And I question the feasibility of that."
For the Democrats, who are of course the "party of the people" (i.e. the poor and down-trodden) it looks like this is going to cost a bundle to pull off. Everyone knows that using organic and local products hikes the costs. I wonder how many people taking advantage of the Left's expansive social programs will actually be able to afford to go to the convention. Perhaps they'll be looking for government grants for their travel expenses. But I digress...

They say that this strict green agenda is likely to live on after the last piece of confetti is dropped (oh... perhaps they won't be doing that... and aren't helium balloons destructive to the environment as well?) because they are creating a brochure that "the city will distribute widely to help guide local businesses interested in improving their green practices".

But is the DNC really being green?
Joanne Katz, owner of Three Tomatoes Catering in Denver, cheers the committee's environmental aspirations and is eager to get involved with the convention, but she wonders if some of the choices the committee is making are really green.

Compostable products, such as forks and knives made from corn starch, are often imported from Asia, delivered to the U.S. in fuel-consuming ships. But some U.S. products are made from recyclable pressed paper. Which decision is more environmentally sound?
Decisions, decisions.

Oh and the footprint - don't forget the carbon footprint....
The committee is working with other groups to develop a carbon-footprint "calculator" that will measure the environmental impact of each event and suggest an "offset" — a fee — that will go toward a fund helping to match carbon losses with carbon gains.

"That's a fun one," Burnap says. "If these event planners will calculate and offset, it will start to get the money flowing into the Colorado Carbon Fund, a fund that will reinvest in renewable energy here in Colorado."
One commenter on the Denver Post article said this:
"Al Gore, having just landed in a private jet after hopping the world making millions lecturing the common man on how to live, was lounging by his heated swimming pool in his 20,000 SF house and could not be reached for comment.

Rumor has it he was eating blue food."
LOL - It certainly would be much more down to Earth if they just planned something simple and low cost. What they are spending and what they are spending it on should give the American people pause to see that how they plan this convention is most likely how they will run this country.

Better yet - they might as well call off the whole convention - we all know who the nominee will be .. Time magazine already told us all last week. Do they really need a huge costly eco-friendly extravaganza to reiterate what the media has already told us?

Just how many eco-conscious liberals will be flying in and out of Denver burning millions of gallons of fuel to get there to participate in the Obama Clinton slug fest? As for their recycling efforts...they will certainly have enough recycled party hacks on hand.


Milehimama said...

They should fit right in, actually. Did you know Boulder has a Light Pollution law that regulates the wattage of your porch light?
And a law that prohibits upholstered furniture on your porch (jury's still out on chair pads.)

Denver already is an eco-conscious, green belt, ride your bike to work city.

mccommas said...

LOL -- Judy you had me in stitches with all those zingers.

Along the same lines, I was wondering the other day as I washed out my recyclables whether or not that was a good idea. I am using hot water to clean garbage.

Is that really helping the environment or my gas bill for that matter?

Milehimama -- Your making that up about the porch light I hope....

Milehimama said...

No, I'm not making it up!

They have light pollution and light trespass - if your photons are in a restricted area, I guess!

The running joke in Denver is that Boulder is "15 sq. miles surrounded by reality".

mccommas said...

Call the porch light police!

I got a white-hot 100 watter on my porch and two God only knows how many more watts over my garage door. Two big huge spotlights. OMG!

Plus -- PLUS! -- a street lamp nearby the condo Association upkeeps. Night is like day out there.

I should keep quiet because if the Board of Selectmen hear about this idea they are sure to pass their own ordinace.

15 sq. miles surrounded by reality sounds a lot like Willimantic CT too.