Let me see if I got this straight…
The Democratic National Convention in Denver Colorado which is being held in August 25-28th, is claiming to be the (and I quote) “Greenest” Convention in history.
Here is what they will be bringing to the table according to this recent article in the Colorado Independent:
The DNCC has vowed it will be the “greenest convention in history.” Here’s a list of greenness:
Counting carbon: The DNCC is comprehensively calculating the carbon footprint of the convention. Where emissions are unavoidable, the DNCC has said it will participate in carbon-offset programs.
Greening the arena: After becoming the conventionâ€™s location, the Pepsi Center announced it was going â€œ100 percent green.â€ Plans are to operate entirely on renewable wind and solar energy and to include new recycling bins, a hybrid vehicle-only parking area and a â€œno idling zoneâ€ outside the arena.â€¨
Relying on buses: The buses used to transport delegates and media from all the hotels to the Pepsi Center will be either hybrid, alternative fuel or run on biodiesel, organizers said, and all vehicle miles traveled will be tracked and included in the conventionâ€™s carbon footprint calculations.
Sharing bikes: A bike-sharing program will be implemented. The â€œFreewheelinâ€ bike program developed by Humana Inc, bike industry leaders and Bikes Belong, will bring 1,000 bikes to Denver to be used free of charge.
Diverting waste: The DNCC has set a goal for a minimum of 85 percent waste diversion from the landfill through a comprehensive recycling and waste minimization program and through composting.
Ok, but Bicycles are not allowed within the DNC perimeter of the Pepsi Center, nor at Invesco Field, where Barack Obama will deliver his acceptance speech, because of security threats.
SECURITY THREATS? What the delegates might get their suit pants caught in the chain?
This sounds typical of the so-called progressive green movement clashing with the “green-scare” tactics of federal law enforcement. I’m sure there are key heads of security giving power point presentations to the DNC about the security threat of “anarchists” getting together and riding their bicycles together in a group.
Just like in the RNC in NYC in 2004 and you can expect the same behavior at the RNC in Minneapolis in September.
This reflects much of the politics going on right here in New York. The D.O.T. is making a consorted effort to create more infrastructure for bicycles, more bike lanes, more bike racks, special events like: summer streets. Meanwhile the NYPD is continuing a harassment campaign against bikes tied up with numerous lawsuits and occasionally bodychecking people off their bikes during critical mass.
Ok, lets make the planet more green. Heres a bike, only don’t ride it to the convention.