Just recently an article listed on the Drudge Report caught my eye. Here are some excerpts from the article:
A major airline is under fire from environmentalists for flying an aircraft across the Atlantic with only five passengers on board.
The flight from Chicago to London meant that the plane, a Boeing 777, used 22,000 gallons of fuel.
It led to American Airlines being accused of reckless behaviour by green lobby groups.
The latest “eco-scandal” flight took place on February 9 after American was forced to cancel one of its four daily services from Chicago to London.
While it was able to find places for nearly all the passengers on the fully-booked flight, five still had to be accommodated. Those who did fly were upgraded to the business class cabin.
But while they enjoyed lavish hospitality, the airline was accused of an “obscene waste of fuel” by Friends of the Earth.
Ooo! It’s an “eco-scandal,” so be afraid! *cue ominous music* OK, so I’m not all that eco-impressed by their eco-moaning, and I believe there is only one proper response to them: “Shove off, ya wankers!” Anything more than that grants them more of a sense of dignity and moral authority than they deserve or have earned.
The article goes on to whine about the amount of CO2 that each passenger is now guilty of adding to the atmosphere, but even if the airline could have placed all five people onto other flights, that plane was still needed for a return flight from London. Would the eco-dorks have been happier if American Airlines had flown the plane over completely empty? I don’t think so.
The article ends with this lovely vision into their eco-minds as the news really bunches up their collective unbleached hemp undies:
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.”
Governments “must”? No, governments have no reason why they “must” bow to eco-crackpot theories. I do not accept their eco-blather about carbon footprints and climate change. What I do accept is just how much these eco-whiners hate the idea of technology benefitting others. I’m convinced they would not have complained if they were among the five people enjoying a free upgrade to business class on a trans-oceanic flight.