Green Achers at the Democratic Convention

It's rapidly becoming apparent that when Mayor John Hickenlooper said he wanted to "make this the greenest convention in the history of the planet," he wasn't talking about the kind of green that comes with pictures of dead presidents.

While fundraising for the upcoming Democratic National Convention lags, the press releases touting new, environmentally friendly initiatives -- green Xerox machines -- keep flying. Electronically, of course. The city's greening efforts even rated a front-page storyin the Wall Street Journal yesterday, headlined: "The Greenest Show on Earth: Democrats Gear Up for Denver."

The task is daunting -- and sometimes ludicrous. It isn't easy to find biogradable balloons -- and forget organic fanny packs. (Actually, shouldn't we forget fanny packs -- soundly savaged in this Kenny Be cartoon -- altogether? After all, this isn't the 1980 convention....)

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