A very interesting article in this Sunday’s New York Times. It states that air travel is the highest carbon emission activity a human being can take. A trans-Atlantic (TATL) or Trans-continental (TCON) flight across the US, can generate 2 to 3 tons of Carbon Emissions! I am not an extreme left wing environmentalist by any measure, but I care about the environment. I believe that we owe our future generations a planet that is in shape good enough to live in. This article is disconcerting. Now, I drive a lot, so over a year my car created emissions are probably much higher than my flight emissions. But I am concerned.
But what can we as passengers do? The article is promoting Carbon Credits, that will add to the price of flights. As someone who relies on flying to support my income, that is a challenge for me. It will also hurt the US airline industry that is already in trouble.
The solution, I believe is to fly less. Avoid air travel except as a last resort. Flying aircraft like the 787 (once it is un-grounded) is also preferred as it is much more fuel efficient.
And yes, tell Al Gore to stop flying in a private jet…
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