Jet Fuel

It’s hard to get outraged at American Airlines for flying a plane with just five passengers from Chicago to London. After all, they lost a ton of money on it, and they just made the business decision that made the most financial sense. So I’m glad that instead the environmental group who brought the story to light is focusing on changing the markets rather than trying to change the Airlines’ morals:

Richard Dyer, Friends of the Earth’s transport campaigner said: “Flying virtually empty planes is an obscene waste of fuel. Through no fault of their own , each passenger’s carbon footprint for this flight is about 45 times what it would have been if the plane had been full.

“Governments must stop granting the aviation industry the unfair privileges that allow this to happen by taxing aviation fuel and including emissions from aviation in international agreements to tackle climate change.”