President Barack Obama’s motorcade will make history Tuesday night as the first automobile motorcade not to release carbon emissions en route to the Capitol for the State of the Union address.
The National Resources Defense Council has purchased carbon offsets to ensure that Obama’s round trip between the White House and Capitol will be “carbon neutral.”
“Offsetting the president’s motorcades is meant to put on tonight’s agenda an awareness of the need to move America more vigorously toward a clean-energy economy, and that personal actions matter,” NRDC Executive Director Peter Lehner said in a release.
The offsets were purchased through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and will “fund projects that create a reduction of, or capture, carbon dioxide pollution somewhere else,” according to the NRDC.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.