Santa Claus does a lot on the night before Christmas, visiting households around the world, giving gifts to kids on the nice list, and the occasional lump of coal to those on the naughty list. Santa’s job is to deliver holiday cheer, but he racks up quite a lot of miles in the process.
But, Jay Inslee and other environmental extremists have a much different concern – just what is Santa’s carbon footprint?
Over the course of his 122-million mile trek and gift-giving mission across the world, Santa releases a whopping 69.7 million metric tons of carbon. By far, the primary cause of Santa’s sizable footprint—roughly the size of the country of Qatar—is due to all the toys he is responsible for. The production, assembly, packaging and distribution of the toys emit 68.1 million metric tons of CO2. Santa’s toy factory in the North Pole emits 983,000 metric tons.
Given his cap-and-tax plans, we’re guessing Inslee would not welcome Santa to Washington State, except to pay taxes. Santa—and his toy factory—would most certainly count by our green governor as a polluter who must be punished.
We don’t know how Santa’s carbon footprint compares to that of Jay’s BFF – California billionaire Tom Steyer – what with all the trips Steyer takes to visit Jay Inslee—trips that, for some mysterious reason, never quite make it on Inslee’s calendar schedule.
But maybe Jay and his environmental bureaucrats can provide those numbers to us, as an early Christmas present.