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UK Curbs ‘Binge Flying’ – To Aid Climate

From those hypocritical jet setters at the New York Times:

Britain Curbing Airport Growth to Aid Climate

By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL

July 1, 2010

In a bold if lonely environmental stand, Britain’s coalition government has set out to curb the growth of what has been called “binge flying” by refusing to build new runways around London to accommodate more planes.

Citing the high levels of greenhouse gas emissions from aviation, Prime Minister David Cameron, a Conservative, abruptly canceled longstanding plans to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport in May, just days after his election; he said he would also refuse to approve new runways at Gatwick and Stansted, London’s second-string airports.

The government decided that enabling more flying was incompatible with Britain’s oft-stated goal of curbing emissions. Britons have become accustomed to easy, frequent flying — jetting off to weekend homes in Spain and bachelor parties in Prague — as England has become a hub for low-cost airlines. The country’s 2008 Climate Change Act requires it to reduce emissions by at least 34 percent by 2020 from levels reached in 1990.

“The emissions were a significant factor” in the decision to cancel the runway-building plans, Teresa Villiers, Britain’s minister of state for transport, said in an interview. “The 220,000 or so flights that might well come with a third runway would make it difficult to meet the targets we’d set for ourselves.” She said that local environmental concerns like noise and pollution around Heathrow also weighed into the decision.

Britain is bucking a global trend. Across North America, Asia and Europe, cities are building new runways or expanding terminals to handle projected growth in air travel and air freight in the hope of remaining competitive

What does Britain care about being "competitive"?

Peder Jensen, a transportation specialist at the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen, said that as far as he knew, Britain “is the only country that had made a conscious decision based on climate considerations.”

Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports and a major connection point for destinations in Europe, South Asia and the Middle East, is already notorious for its flight delays and endless lines. It is the only airport of its size with just two runways; Paris-Charles de Gaulle has four and O’Hare has seven

Leo Murray, a spokesman for Plane Stupid, an environmental group that has fought new runways, called the British government’s decision “a turning point for aviation” although he added, “It is uncomfortable to have the coup de grace delivered by the Conservative government.”

“Plane stupid” is right. But note how the left can’t even enjoy striking another blow against freedom if they have to give credit to their ‘conservative’ partners in crime.

And speaking of freedom, won’t this policy conflict with the European Union’s recently discovered ‘human right’ to have a taxpayer subsidized overseas vacation?

But what are we thinking? Concern for ‘the environment’ trumps human rights all the time.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, July 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “UK Curbs ‘Binge Flying’ – To Aid Climate”

  1. AcornsRNutz

    Someone needs t ocurb binge breathing, at least for everyone who believes that CO2 is a deadly gas.

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    “Citing the high levels of greenhouse gas emissions from aviation, Prime Minister David Cameron, a Conservative, abruptly canceled longstanding plans to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport in May, just days after his election; he said he would also refuse to approve new runways at Gatwick and Stansted, London’s second-string airports. ”

    Then…..he’s no conservative. He’s another lackey who has been led down the “AGW” yellow brick road. When he meets the wizard, I wonder if he’ll be able to put two and two together.

  3. Reality Bytes

    Good News! Air Force One is Grounded

  4. BillK

    Can we curb the needless flying about of Congress and other Government officials as well?

    For example, what does Boxer or anyone else really learn from flying to the Gulf to “see” the oil spill that couldn’t be seen in photos or be told over the phone?


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