White House: Needless Obama Air Force One Travel Doesn’t Undermine Climate Change Message

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

The White House asserts that President Obama isn’t undermining his message on climate change — even though his carbon emissions from a trip to the Everglades aboard Air Force One could be seen as contributing to the problem.

During the White House Press Briefing today, White House reporter Mark Knoller questioned Press Secretary Josh Earnest about whether Obama risked his message on climate change by flying hundreds of miles on a massive jet.

“It’s a provocative question, but no he doesn’t,” Earnest replied. “The president believes that there are important changes that we can make to reduce carbon pollution in this country – and we can do it in a way that would be good for our economy.”

Earnest added that Obama was “looking forward to the trip.”