The Dernogalizer

April 8, 2009

Airlines Demand to be Regulated?!?!

Filed under: Climate Change — Matt Dernoga @ 10:40 pm
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I mean I’m real glad to read this.  It’s kind of like “well if it’s good enough for them….I don’t want to hear anyone else complaining”.  So four of the largest airlines in the world have asked for a global cap and trade scheme that would regulate and put a price on their carbon emissions.  HERE is the link.  Story is also posted below.

Airlines want governments to be stricter on emissions

They may be an unlikely green lobby, but four of the world’s largest airline companies have called on governments to be stricter with them.

British Airways, Air France-KLM, Cathay Pacific and Virgin Atlantic have joined forces with the British Airports Authority and The Climate Group, a policy consultancy, in a proposal for a global cap-and-trade scheme that would regulate airline emissions.

The airlines want their proposal to be included in the next global emissions agreement, scheduled to be signed in December. The move was announced at the close of 10 days of climate negotiations held in Bonn, Germany, this week.

The UN estimates air transport is responsible for roughly 3 per cent of human greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Without action, its share could rise to 15 per cent by 2050. Yet the industry is not yet required to reduce its emissions – even under the Kyoto protocol.

The European Union and the US have each discussed independently regulating aviation emissions. But Paul Steele, executive director of the Air Transport Action Group says the industry would rather governments “take a global approach for aviation rather than the current patchwork of national and regional emissions management schemes”.

A spokesperson for Greenpeace told New Scientist the organisation felt the first priority for the transport industry should be to stop expanding. The airlines hope stricter regulations could stimulate the adoption of greener aviation fuels, such as biofuels.

Washington Post Refutes Itself

Filed under: Energy/Climate — Matt Dernoga @ 1:08 am
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I made a post a few days ago about how George Will was misleading the public with his columns regarding climate change and solutions for addressing it. It appears some of the reporters for the Washington Post think so as well. In an article about how new measurements for Arctic Sea Ice show it’s thinner than ever, the Post adds in near the end of its article…

“The new evidence — including satellite data showing that the average multiyear wintertime sea ice cover in the Arctic in 2005 and 2006 was nine feet thick, a significant decline from the 1980s — contradicts data cited in widely circulated reports by Washington Post columnist George F. Will that sea ice in the Arctic has not significantly declined since 1979.”

It’s good to see that some journalists for the newspaper are willing to jab at a fellow staffer who isn’t being appropriately fact checked by the editorial staff. It also makes Will look even more ridiculous.

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