Personally I’ve got nothing against riding around in the ‘Beast’ except for the hypocrisy of it! It’s a fraud to suggest that cars cause global warming. I’m for better fuel mileage and decreased pollution emissions but not at the expense of comfort and convenience! There has to be a balance!!!
Some heads of state are zipping around Lisbon, host city of the NATO summit, in no-emission electric vehicles. Security dictates that Obama travel in the no-efficiency 'Beast,' a vehicle that fascinates the local press.
A car from the motorcade of U.S. President Barack Obama moves past Indian Parliament building in New Delhi November 8.
While the Portuguese prime minister and the Portuguese president of the European Union’s executive commission are tooling around the NATO summit here in no-emission electric vehicles, Mr. Obama is fouling the Lisbon skies with his no-efficiency "Beast," the eight-ton, diesel-fueled behemoth of a limousine the president carts around the world with him.
Obama is expected to discuss climate change and a common US-Europe approach to it when he takes part in a US-European Union (EU) summit after the NATO meeting on Saturday. But in the meantime, the Portuguese capital is being treated to a jarring dichotomy: the polluting "leader of the free world," on one hand, lumbering across town in the Beast with a phalanx of black Secret Service vehicles and Portuguese police motorcycles in tow; and the Europeans zipping around in smart electric vehicles, on the other.
Oh, and to drive the point home, journalists attending the summit are being ferried to events in electric buses, as well.