What better way is there to help save the planet from carbon-induced global warming than by flying around in a giant 747?
Apparently, Bill Nye – that guy who’s not a scientist, but plays one on TV – was excited about boarding Air Force One with the President on Earth Day in order to discuss ways to combat manmade “climate change.” I guess he didn’t notice or appreciate the irony. Here’s what he tweeted:
They’re going to “act on climate,” huh? By flying around in a giant carbon-emitter? I suppose if you’re a liberal global warming alarmist, you can do whatever you want, and it won’t affect the climate at all. The climate is only adversely affected by skeptics.
According to the EPA, 28% of carbon emissions comes from the transportation sector, which includes land and air travel. Of that 28%, about 8% is from air travel.
A New York Times article from a couple years ago called air travel the “biggest carbon sin”:
For many people reading this, air travel is their most serious environmental sin. One round-trip flight from New York to Europe or to San Francisco creates a warming effect equivalent to 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide… The average American generates about 19 tons of carbon dioxide a year; the average European, 10.
So if you take five long flights a year, they may well account for three-quarters of the emissions you create. “For many people in New York City, who don’t drive much and live in apartments, this is probably going to be by far the largest part of their carbon footprint,” says Anja Kollmuss, a Zurich-based environmental consultant.
It is for me. And for people like Al Gore or Richard Branson who crisscross the world, often by private jet, proclaiming their devotion to the environment.
Though air travel emissions now account for only about 5 percent of warming, that fraction is projected to rise significantly, since the volume of air travel is increasing much faster than gains in flight fuel efficiency. (Also, emissions from most other sectors are falling.)
If you’re a member of the “in” crowd, you can do pretty much whatever you want, as long as you proclaim the gospel of manmade climate change. If you’re a liberal, it’s impossible to be a hypocrite, since liberals don’t have any standards.