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Which one flight per year will you take?
Are you ready for rationing?
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Will you fly to your mother's funeral? Or will you go to your sister's
wedding? How will you feel, when some pinched-faced bureaucrat in
Brussels snarls that you can't take your kids on that long-awaited 
vacation in Disneyland ... while your neighbor flies off to Switzerland
to pose naked in front of a glacier?

19 Aug 07 - For the hundreds of climate-change activists who have camped out near Heathrow Airport for the past week, there is only one way to reduce the carbon footprint of aircraft: Stop flying so much.

"Aviation is a luxury we can live without," said a protester named Merrick . Booming air travel, he said, is multiplying greenhouse gases just as the climate-change imperative starts to bite. "It has to be scaled right back," he said.

A growing body of opinion is arguing for efforts to manage demand for air travel. Experts point to several options. Europe plans to include aviation in its emissions-trading plan starting in 2011. Airlines will receive a limited number of carbon-dioxide permits that can be traded; top polluters will have to buy additional permits, hurting their bottom line.

An alternative is direct taxation. John Stewart, chairman of AirportWatch, a British movement opposed to aviation growth, said that without a radical price change, it will be impossible to change the mind-set of a generation that thinks little of hopping cheap flights for weekend pursuits. Stewart argues that the only way to change behavior is to hit the pocketbook.

But it's not only about leisure travel. Business travel makes up, by some estimates, 40 to 50 percent of all air travel. One element of the British OMEGA project is a study that looks at how business can reduce its aviation carbon footprint.

Some experts think similar personal carbon budgets — rationing — may be the solution.

"It's too late for voluntary mechanisms," Anderson said. "Carbon allowances are the only fair way to deal with this." 

See entire article, entitled “Must we quit flying to save the planet?”

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