March 6, 2008
This is absurd.
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.
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.
Amazing. Five people should been left stranded because their carbon footprint was going to be too high.
Here’s a question. What’s the biggest waste: Taking five passengers where they need to go, or leaving them behind because of a highly controversial scientific/political opinion?
The point is: We are NOT servants of the earth. If global warming enthusiasts want to make for themselves a religion of naturalism, by all means let them. Just keep them away from the government. What next, passenger quotas for private planes?