One of President Obama’s keynote policies has been climate change. He echoed the sentiments of Pope Francis during the pontiff’s trip to the United States that global warming should be a top priority for all governments.
However, the president’s trip to Cuba and Argentina has critics questioning the sincerity of his global warming beliefs.
The president was accompanied by his wife and two teenage daughters during his trip. While in Argentina, he chartered two Air Force One planes — the traditional 747 and a smaller 757.
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The 757, referred to as the “baby” Air Force One, is used for traveling to airports where the runway is too short for a 747. Both planes were parked alongside each other at the Buenos Aires airport, the country’s capital.
This week, the smaller plane was used for sightseeing purposes. The president and his family traveled to the town of Bariloche in southern Argentina. Bariloche is well known as a safe haven town where exiled Nazis defected to after World War II.
While it is common to bring two Air Force One planes in the event of an emergency, it is usually not done for the purposes of sightseeing.
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Obama has been fervent in his advocacy for climate change policies — including a reduction in fossil fuel emissions — and vociferously denounced those who oppose those policies. With an estimated operating cost of $206,000 per hour for the larger version of Air Force One, and a 10-hour return flight to Washington, D.C., the monetary and “environmental” costs of his latest travels are raising some eyebrows.
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