There's been some chatter around the net in the past week about Obama's Presidential Limos and the fact that they aren't hybrids. It was a top center headline on the Drudge Report a few days ago, Rush Limbaugh was going crazy claiming it was proof we're exaggerating the energy crisis, and even Treehugger took a look at the possible path to Presidential hybridocity.

What a non-issue.

The first priority for the Presidential Limo is to keep the President safe. It needs to be able to stop bullets, bombs, blasts, and slings and arrows while being fast enough to escape and evade any sort of further attacks.

It's really more tank than limo, rocking five inch glass windows and advanced multi-layer armor. Owing to the obvious security concerns, no actual details are released about the design but it's safe to speculate that it will be powered by high end diesel motors burning a kerosene based jet fuel. Fuel sippers they are not.

Would it be nice if the Presidential Limos were hybrid? Yeah, sure. But it'd be symbolically nice. We're talking about a guy who has his own jumbo jet. A guy whose jumbo jet has a backup jumbo jet that follows it wherever it goes. A guy who lives in a gazillion square foot home (though he does work from home, points for him there).

It's safe to say that the POTUS has a huge carbon footprint, but that pales in comparison to the reach and environmental impact that comes with sitting behind the big desk in the Oval Office. Barack Obama could strip mine the South Lawn of the White House while operating an open air coal fired power plant on the roof and he'd still end up being karmically positive if he delivers on his promises to enact sane environmental regulations and favors green business incentives in his economic stimulus package.

If he drops that ball then I'll start crowing. Until then, let's focus on the big issues- what is Sarah Palin doing this week?

Shea Gunther is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.

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