Change: “Green the Capitol” withers in GOP House

posted at 12:15 pm on February 14, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Under Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, the House attempted to “Green the Capitol” by changing its operations — and perhaps especially the food service — to reflect enviro-friendly behavior.  The result?  More cost, more waste, and ironically a higher use of power and emissions of greenhouse gases.  Republicans put an end to the pretentious program almost immediately, to bipartisan relief:

But the GOP has succeeded in short order in one critically important venture: getting rid of the “compostable” cornstarch-based knives, forks and spoons that were a universally — and bipartisanly — hated feature of the House cafeteria operation.

The tableware, the color of mucus and as bendable as a pocket watch in a Salvador Dali painting (and thus unable to pierce any foodstuff firmer than the innards of Brie cheese), was the most visible manifestation of recently deposed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s Green the Capitol initiative. That was her carbon-cutting effort to use the food-service and other House operations to fight global warming and a host of other perceived environmental, health and social ills. During the lunchtime rush, you could observe dozens of staffers struggling to stab lettuce leaves and poultry pieces with fork tines that appeared to be double-jointed as well as dull. …

It turns out that the composting program not only cost the House an estimated $475,000 a year (according to the House inspector general) but actually increased energy consumption in the form of “additional energy for the pulping process and the increased hauling distance to the composting facility,” according to a news release from Lungren.

As far as carbon emissions were concerned, Lungren concluded that the reduction was the “nominal … equivalent to removing one car from the road each year.” He plans to switch the House to an alternate waste-management system recommended by the Architect of the Capitol, in which dining-service trash would be incinerated and the heat energy captured.

“Composting releases methane,” said Lungren’s spokesman, Brian Kaveney, and methane gas, as even the most warming-conscious among us have to admit, traps atmospheric heat far more efficiently than carbon dioxide, the usual bugaboo of the climate-change crowd.

Along with the program, the “didactic” signage, according to Charlotte Allen in the Los Angeles Times, has also disappeared.  Pelosi’s project installed all sorts of lecturing signs, assuring consumers at the cafeteria that the hamburger was “humanely raised,” and that eggs were “cage-free.”  The menu also featured “turkey escubeche,” which left eaters wondering exactly what the cafeteria served — and the prices seemed to increase along with the syllables of the menu items.

Eating has returned now to its previous purpose of feeding people rather than lecturing them on tastes and energy policy, and costs have returned to normal as well.  But the exercise did have its value.  It showed that far from looking to deliver cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy resources, the “green” movement instead exists to lecture people not just on energy consumption but on a wide range of lifestyle choices.  It is much more efficient at distributing condescension than actual energy, and hypocrisy over tangible results.


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Eat your greens! It’s good for you.

The Chewbacca Defense on February 14, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Pelosi the elitist!

belad on February 14, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Next, could ya make sure I can still by incandescent light bulbs next year?

IronDioPriest on February 14, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Typical nonsense from politicians: Ms Big Carbon Footprint Pelosi leading the charge to make D.C. “green.”

Frankly, I think the House dining halls — and all such perks — should be closed down anyway. Let the privileged royalty of Congress walk to a local restaurant. Or hit a roach coach or Sabrett’s cart when they’re hungry.

MrScribbler on February 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

As far as carbon emissions were concerned, Lungren concluded that the reduction was the “nominal … equivalent to removing one car from the road each year.

So…what fraction of one Air Pelosi trip would that have been?

18-1 on February 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

and that eggs were “cage-free.”

You mean our CongressCritters are going to have to eat sweatshop eggs?

“These eggs are disgusting, this chicken should be ashamed of himself!” – “Yes, these are sweatshop eggs!”……..Cosmo Kramer.

Knucklehead on February 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Another Epic Dem Failure delivered to the ash heap of history by adults acting responsibly.

Dusty on February 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Epic fail

My day keeps getting better

Happy Valentines day!

cmsinaz on February 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Next, could ya make sure I can still by incandescent light bulbs next year?

IronDioPriest on February 14, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Yes!

How much mercury in the landfills will it take to end GE’s dominance and the CF bulb?

belad on February 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Next, could ya make sure I can still by incandescent light bulbs next year?

IronDioPriest on February 14, 2011 at 12:21 PM

I was just thinking about that this morning!

moonsbreath on February 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

It turns out that the composting program not only cost the House an estimated $475,000 a year (according to the House inspector general) but actually increased energy consumption in the form of “additional energy for the pulping process and the increased hauling distance to the composting facility,” according to a news release from Lungren.

Nancy was never good with numbers.

a capella on February 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

It turns out that the composting program not only cost the House an estimated $475,000 a year (according to the House inspector general) but actually increased energy consumption

 
Standard operating procedure. Someone please find a single self-supporting all-items recycling facility for me. They are rarer than a skittles-pooping unicorn.

rogerb on February 14, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Simple solution, -two lines in the cafeteria, one for democratics and one for Republicans. Let them have their rubbery forks and tofu.

slickwillie2001 on February 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Let the privileged royalty of Congress walk to a local restaurant. Or hit a roach coach or Sabrett’s cart when they’re hungry.

MrScribbler on February 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

You mean create private industry jobs while cutting government spending? How un-American of you. /sarc

Wade on February 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Happy Valentines day!

cmsinaz on February 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM

AOSHQ commenters have apparently selected March 15 as another holiday meant for love.

a capella on February 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM

And the dark chocolate dipped strawberries that her staff wanted on Air Pelosi for her birthday?

Wethal on February 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Dear (former, thank heavens)Leader is sooooo green! (KInda like the witch in the Wizard of Oz) Do ya think she had pangs of guilt when she took that AF jet on all those cross-country jaunts? Typical lib. It’s all about how it looks, not how – or if – it works! Grrrrrrr.

coppertop on February 14, 2011 at 12:32 PM

getting rid of the “compostable” cornstarch-based knives

LOLs I don’t need to read anymore. This is funny enough. LOLs. So silly. Ridiculous.

Paul-Cincy on February 14, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Remember there are environmental groups out there who receive federal funding who advocate that all land should be owned by the federal government.

Blake on February 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

More cost, more waste, and ironically a higher use of power and emissions of greenhouse gases.

the hell you say. Alas, we are to judge liberals by their intentions, not by their outcomes....

/Rush

ted c on February 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Honestly? I felt like I was reading “Atlas Shrugged” again. This is exaclty the kind of thing Wesley Mouch would have proposed.

therambler on February 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

She really is the poster child for “limousine liberal.”

irishspy on February 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

They are rarer than a skittles-pooping unicorn

ROFL!! This made my day! Thanks.

coppertop on February 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Given all the windbags and other bags in the Capitol, it’s anyone’s guess why the Capitol Wind & Biogas Project isn’t powering the galaxy already.

Christien on February 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Next, could ya make sure I can still by incandescent light bulbs next year?

IronDioPriest on February 14, 2011 at 12:21 PM

ROFLMAO!!!

Don’t harsh my mellow, bro!

Roy Rogers on February 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM

The menu also featured “turkey escubeche,” which left eaters wondering exactly what the cafeteria served

I have no idea what that is, but I’d be willing to bet it wasn’t killed in this manner.

UltimateBob on February 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM

a capella on February 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM

:)

cmsinaz on February 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Sorry to be O/T, but this should be good! sherrod sues Breitbart! I can’t wait to see this, shirley did plow up a snake going after Andrew.

http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/2011/02/shirley-sherrod-catches-andrew.html
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letget on February 14, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Sorry to be O/T, but this should be good! sherrod sues Breitbart! I can’t wait to see this, shirley did plow up a snake going after Andrew.

http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/2011/02/shirley-sherrod-catches-andrew.html
L

letget on February 14, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Typical nonsense from politicians: Ms Big Carbon Footprint Pelosi leading the charge to make D.C. “green.”

Frankly, I think the House dining halls — and all such perks — should be closed down anyway. Let the privileged royalty of Congress walk to a local restaurant. Or hit a roach coach or Sabrett’s cart when they’re hungry.

MrScribbler on February 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

All of the Federal agencies in D.C. have ‘dining halls’ (cafeterias). Some better than others. I preferred the one at the National Academy of Sciences and the one at the Transportation Research Board. I think it’s a “make jobs program” just like all the security personnel at Federal buildings.

Bob in VA on February 14, 2011 at 12:37 PM

sorry for the double post, I have no idea how this happened.
L

letget on February 14, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Dan Lungren is my rep, thank you very much.

/smugness

Bob's Kid on February 14, 2011 at 12:43 PM

meanwhile….

cmsinaz on February 14, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Want to confuse a liberal? Ask him where the power for his Chevy Volt comes from? When he finally figures out it’s a = GHSAP = power plant, the look on his face will be priceless.

angryed on February 14, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Nancy D. Pelosi is a tool.

SouthernGent on February 14, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Smoochies, Nancy.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Good Lt on February 14, 2011 at 12:47 PM

meanwhile….

cmsinaz on February 14, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Game over.

UltimateBob on February 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Hopefully (but I’m not holding my breath), the GOP will have the courage to forgo compromise with odumbo’s budget and apply this same sort of logic. We will see if Boehner has the cajones to do what he is supposed to do….. I doubt it though.

ultracon on February 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM

She really is the poster child for “limousine liberal.”

Maxine Hairston, who was actually speaking of benighted academics, termed these folks “Gucci Marxists.” Same difference, but it really highlights the hypocrisy of the “socialism for thee, but not for me” crowd.

College Prof on February 14, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Too bad they can’t get rid of the effete intellectuals like Pelosi just as easily.

GarandFan on February 14, 2011 at 12:53 PM

One car’s worth of pollutants removed from Gaia Earth Mother, and it only cost $475,000. Yep, another successful government program.

Bishop on February 14, 2011 at 12:54 PM

So that’s what became of Mrs. Gumby.

50sGuy on February 14, 2011 at 12:55 PM

meanwhile….
cmsinaz on February 14, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Big deal. Simply take by force every single dollar that every citizen or entity earns and pay off the debt in one year.

Hater.

Bishop on February 14, 2011 at 12:56 PM

the “green” movement instead exists to lecture people not just on energy consumption but on a wide range of lifestyle choices. It is much more efficient at distributing condescension than actual energy, and hypocrisy over tangible results.

Whoever can figure out how to put those two sentences on a bumper sticker will make a million bucks.

Chisel it into the granite facade of every school, too.

You earned your pay today, Ed.

Bruno Strozek on February 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM

According to Wikipedia: Escabeche is a typical Mediterranean cuisine which refers to both a dish of poached or fried fish.

So Turkey Escabeche would be made from fish?

Pelosi, what have you done?

sultanp on February 14, 2011 at 12:58 PM

During the lunchtime rush, you could observe dozens of staffers struggling to stab lettuce leaves and poultry pieces with fork tines that appeared to be double-jointed as well as dull.

The Darwinian survivors carried their own operable knives and forks. If they were conservative, they got them out of their own old knives spoons and forks drawer, and if they were liberal, they “taxed” the neighborhood McDonalds or KFC every once in a while.

unclesmrgol on February 14, 2011 at 12:58 PM

What will they do with all the leftover cornstarch utensil supplies? I suggest that Nancy and her staff be required to use them up, and be forbidden any other choices until all the cornstarch forks and spoons have been used.

Waste not want not, Nance.

perries on February 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM

It ain’t just the CFL bulbs that are bad, the LED ones are too:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/02/10/can-we-have-our-regular-old-light-bulbs-back-now/

journeyintothewhirlwind on February 14, 2011 at 1:02 PM

[T]he “compostable” cornstarch-based knives, forks and spoons…the color of mucus

Translation: the tableware was manufactured from recycled boogers.

Now, I know that sounds sick. But let’s think about this a minute: Democrats want people eating less so that they’ll starve to death and contribute to planet-saving population reduction. What better way to get people to stop eating than to force them to use utensils made from boogers?

Sure, clever, freedom-loving people will try to get around that government-imposed obstacle to happiness and full bellies by eating their food with fingers or by slurping it up off the plate directly via the mouth. Government will respond by passing a law forbidding that sort of thing.

But this will only succeed in driving eaters into the closet where they will freely consume their meals with fingers or real silverware, their choice.

So maybe it’s a good thing the GOP abolished Pelosi’s booger-assisted eating rule.

FlameWarrior on February 14, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Remember when actual “recycling” was to have a coke in a glass bottle, and you got a penny back for it and they washed and reused them?

Neither do I, but it was a good thing back then.

upinak on February 14, 2011 at 1:03 PM

“turkey escubeche”?

“humanely raised” hamburgers?

Yup, Granny McBotox knows how to phrase something for maximum pandering effect to the preening, vain, self-congratulatory, narcissistic, hypocritical liberals she calls a constituency. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

Rational Thought on February 14, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Risks are present in all parts of the lights and at every stage during production, use and disposal, the study found. Consumers, manufacturers and first responders to accident scenes ought to be aware of this, Ogunseitan said. When bulbs break at home, residents should sweep them up with a special broom while wearing gloves and a mask, he advised. Crews dispatched to clean up car crashes or broken traffic fixtures should don protective gear and handle the material as hazardous waste. Currently, LEDs are not classified as toxic and are disposed of in regular landfills. Ogunseitan has forwarded the study results to California and federal health regulators.

So all tht accident crushed glass that you see in the curbs at every intersection is dangerous to your health. And until the sweepers come in the spring it is getting rained on and all the contaminants washed down the drain. I wonder if cities are noticing a rise in lead levels and they can’t figure out where it is coming from?

And how much are they going to tack on for hazmat cleanup for a simple fender bender to your insurance bill?

journeyintothewhirlwind on February 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Bishop on February 14, 2011 at 12:56 PM

yeah, that’s the ticket

:)

cmsinaz on February 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Fascist whoar.

Apologetic California on February 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM

The people of her district elected this stupid woman to the House of Representatives.

House Democrat Congressional representatives elected this stupid woman as Speaker of the House.

I really wonder sometimes how this is possible.

Eichendorff on February 14, 2011 at 1:19 PM

God, these people are morons.
The whole “point” of biodegradable would be to replace evil plastic utensils that use sinful Exxon enriching petroleum and fill up landfills. Like from takeaway food. (But then what do you do with it after that? It won’t biodegrade in a landfill.) Stupid all around.

To use bio-degradable to replace re-usable metal silverware is retarded. Dishwashers don’t use THAT much electricity and last time I looked, DC didn’t have a water shortage either.

I bet one of Nancy’s friends in California owns a cornstarch fork plant. Always follow the money.

Allahs vulva on February 14, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Allahs vulva on February 14, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Use metal silverware and Congress and the greenies might have to admit that taking phosphate out of dishwashing detergent (which has been done) makes everyone rewash their dishes multiple times to get them clean thereby overusing another precious resource-water.

From 8% down to .5

Ace has an article about it.

And I bet plenty of folks replaced their dishwashers, thinking they were broken when all it was was a change in the detergent. So the landfills are filling up with most likely still working dishwashers. (I think that makes GE happy)

journeyintothewhirlwind on February 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM

It turns out that the composting program not only cost the House an estimated $475,000 a year (according to the House inspector general) but actually increased energy consumption

All that counts is intent. Results are irrelevant in Liberal ideology.

BobMbx on February 14, 2011 at 1:55 PM

I would bet Pelosi is just seeeeeeeeeeething right now. ROFL!!! I’d love to be a fly on the wall in her office.

capejasmine on February 14, 2011 at 2:02 PM

My aplogies if someone beat me but, “It’s people…Soylent Green; it’s people!!”

Big John on February 14, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Stick a fork in it–a real metal fork that can pierce Brie cheese and filet mignon, that can be recycled and re-used after a little washing in hot water and phosphates!

Pass the cornstarch, and let them eat cake!

Steve Z on February 14, 2011 at 2:38 PM

When bulbs break at home, residents should sweep them up with a special broom while wearing gloves and a mask, he advised.

The average CFL bulb contains 5 milligrams of mercury, which doesn’t sound like much until compared to the toxic threshold of 0.2 mg/m3 mercury in air, meaning that one CFL bulb could contaminate the air in 5 / 0.2 = 25 cubic meters of air, about the volume of a bedroom 10 ft x 10 ft x 8 ft high.

So, if your kid breaks a CFL bulb in the bedroom, he/she has to sleep somewhere else, then open the window and let the affected bedroom air out all night. If it happens to be winter, then you burn enough gas or oil to reheat the bedroom to “room” temperature, and release several cubic feet of pure CO2 to the atmosphere and global-warm your house. Isn’t this wonderful?

Steve Z on February 14, 2011 at 2:59 PM

I wonder how many times she actually ate there?

tommer74 on February 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

This whole thing is so reminiscent of the way Puritans became so Tyrannical.

When a segment of the population believes it is their job to force others not to sin that is always a problem.

Terms like environmental sin, sin against the environment, etc… seem right in line with the whole movement. It is the exact mentality. Collective salvation.

petunia on February 14, 2011 at 3:14 PM

I wonder how many times she actually ate there?

tommer74 on February 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

THANK YOU!!! I’m thinking the over/under is ZERO!!!

No, to be fair, she probably ate there once, thinking as she was going in how wonderful her plan was, and wanting to see all the happy faces who so appreciated her magnificence. Naturally, with the inevitable realization that she destroyed everyone’s lunch and they would inevitably blame her, she never went back.

runawayyyy on February 14, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Steve Z on February 14, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Yep. And with incandescent bulbs I never had to have a “one time only use broom”, an expensive mask or gloves on hand to clean up a broken bulb.

journeyintothewhirlwind on February 14, 2011 at 3:36 PM

I would like to see Congress make the power plant in NE DC comply with all EPA regulations… It is exempt, to the best of my knowledge…

Khun Joe on February 14, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Since I didn’t see a post from one of our resident progressives I decided to try out the new system…

You mouth breathing cons have nothing better to do than attack Pelosi. The figures that are included in this story are simply the costs that it normally takes to run a cafeteria. I don’t see any of you doing better and at least she was trying to do something.

The fact is that the costs involved in Pelosi’s program were actually run up by cons who were constantly wasting food. The real loss is that 68% of all costs run up in the cafeteria are the result of fat republican excess.

(notice the key elements: self importance, arrogance, personal attacks, unverifiable data, snotty attitude)

Mormon Doc on February 14, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Pelosi and Michelle O. are hardly examples to lecture anyone on much.

If you scratch just their surfaces you’ll find how ugly both are, from the inside. See their lives in detail and you’ll learn much.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2011 at 4:32 PM

The tableware, the color of mucus and as bendable as a pocket watch in a Salvador Dali painting (and thus unable to pierce any foodstuff firmer than the innards of Brie cheese), was the most visible manifestation of recently deposed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s Green the Capitol initiative.

An intrepid “news” reporter would have found out if Pelosi had this kind of “silverware” outfitted on her numerous USAF shuttles, or in her private House dining room. Seems a donuts to dollars bet.

bains on February 14, 2011 at 7:23 PM