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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Harry Reid Caught Using Fleet of SUVs

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been caught using a fleet of SUVs at his Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Reid, Center for American Progress CEO John Podesta, and other high-profile environmental activists blasted carbon-based fuels at the Reid-sponsored summit, Reid and other bigwigs were caught on film driving to and from the summit in several SUVs.

Heartland Institute Senior Fellow James M. Taylor was watching an environmental protest outside the summit when three large SUVs pulled up to the doors of the Thomas & Mack Center. Reid and a few aides hopped in. The SUVs then carted Reid and his aides 100 yards through a half-empty parking lot to the protest site. After telling protesters and assembled media about America’s need to cut down on carbon-based fuel emissions, Reid and his aides hopped back into the waiting SUVs for the 100-yard return trip to the Thomas & Mack Center.

Read more about the incident at Environment & Climate News.

“I was absolutely astonished, not to mention appalled, that Harry Reid would retain a fleet of gas-guzzling SUVs so that he and a few aides would not have to walk the mere 100 yards to address environmental activists,” said Taylor, who photographed Reid standing in front of his SUVs addressing the environmental protesters.

“If greenhouse gas emissions are such a problem, you would think Reid might have actually made the short stroll through the parking lot, or at least retain Priuses rather than large SUVs for the summit,” said Taylor.

James M. Taylor is available for interviews and can be reached at 941/776-5690 and jtaylor@heartland.org.

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