The huge car – nicknamed the Beast – is believed to only do around eight miles per gallon and was seen with its decoy and two other huge SUVs following it
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A gas-guzzling limo used by Joe Biden has been spotted refueling at a BP garage in Edinburgh as the US President pledges to make a difference on climate change.
The huge car – nicknamed the Beast – is believed to only do around eight miles per gallon and was seen with its decoy and two more of the huge SUVs following it.
It is part of a 20-vehicle motorcade the president takes with him on every trip and is used to make the daily 90-mile return journey between Edinburgh – where he is staying – and COP26 in Glasgow.
The 20,000 pound armored limo’s petrol stop was spotted by local man Gareth Mackie, who tweeted: ‘Things you wouldn’t expect to see on Calder Rd in Edinburgh – #POTUS stop for gasoline.”
He added: “Zoom in and you can pretty much see a White House aide’s jaw drop on UK petrol prices.”
Petrol in the UK recently hit record prices after the driver shortage, and the president’s aides paid 147.94 pa litre.
Mr Mackie told Edinburgh Evening News: “It was around 9.15pm when I was driving, and I could just see loads of flashing blue lights in my rear view mirror.
“I saw on the other side of Calder Road that traffic had stopped and at first I thought there were problems.
“I could see the Beast, so I realized what it was. I saw what looked like two fairly heavy SWAT vehicles.
“There was a guy in green fatigues who was quite outfitted. Police motorbikes were guarding the exit and it looked like you couldn’t get in while they were filling up.
“Both Beasts had the same license plate. ‘800 002’ was on each – I had heard they had done something with a decoy car.
“I couldn’t see Joe, maybe he walked into the Beijing banquet nearby while they were filling up, because it would probably take a while.”
President Biden has been criticized for staying 45 miles from the UN climate change conference, with the 20 vehicles – plus the British police escort – all adding to his carbon footprint.
Cadillac’s “beast” generates about 8.75 lbs of carbon per kilometer driven, 10 times more than an average car.
Two identical vehicles – the one on which the president sits and a decoy are used for each trip.
These two cars emitted 1575 pounds of CO2 each day as the entourage traveled to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
As the conference is scheduled to last until November 12, approximately 20,000 pounds of Co2 will be released between the two cars during their time here.
A helicopter also follows the motorcade on its journey – releasing more fumes into the atmosphere.
And to top it off, President Biden will be traveling in and out of the UK on Air Force One, while another decoy also flies behind.
Two more Globemaster planes then follow to contain the huge amount of cars that the presidential motorcade needs.
The beast is a marvel of safety engineering and contains everything that might be needed in an emergency.
The one-of-a-kind car carries stock of the president’s blood type.
It also has oxygen tanks in case of a gas attack.
On board is also a life support machine to help anyone seriously injured.
Armed Secret Service members travel in the car with the President, while the “Beast” is also accompanied by a number of support vehicles carrying additional guards.
The President’s car is driven by a highly trained driver who is trained in a number of counter-terrorism and protection maneuvers to ensure the President’s safety.
“Cadillac One” is equipped with a state-of-the-art secure communications system that Biden will be able to use to conduct his regular business or even oversee an emergency while on the road.
President Biden pledged to cut global methane production at the conference, where world leaders strike deals to tackle the climate crisis.
He told the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow: “Together we commit to collectively reducing our methane by 30% by 2030, and I think we could probably go beyond that.”
He added: “Today almost 100 countries have signed up. That’s almost half of global methane emissions… It’s going to make a huge difference.”
Mr Biden said it would not only help fight climate change, but also improve health, reduce crop losses and reduce pollution.