Eager to find new ways to trivialize the warming of the planet, the New York Times has been reporting on the carbon footprint of individual politicians and legislatures.

They are abetted in this effort by Terra Eco, a French environmental magazine that has calculated British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s footprint to be — quelle horreur! — 8,400 tons of CO2 per year. By my calcs, that’s about 0.0001 percent of America’s carbon footprint, so as soon as Brown buys a bicycle, we should have the climate problem pretty well licked.

In the meantime, I applaud Terra Eco‘s work on this important issue, and look forward to their upcoming report on the size of Al Gore’s swimming pool.

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