Will warming panic destroy affordable air travel worldwide?

After Covid, the “Great Reset”. ” You will own nothing and you will be happy”.

Now they’re going to make you happy in your neighbourhood. Stay there and don’t move. Stay put to save the planet from “climate change”.

Arguments about switching from one mode of transport to another miss the point – we ought to be travelling less, says Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins
Getting rid of affordable air travel is just the beginning.
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“Railways? What for?” said the Duke of Wellington: “it will only encourage the lower classes to travel about needlessly”.
This, my friends, is the attitude of people like prince Charles & the warming lobbyists who travel the world in private jets. That privilege must be reserved for them only.
There is no “climate crisis”. This absurd propaganda is directed at imbeciles. The climate movement is communism under false flag. Upward mobility, affordable air travel, has been an irritant for communist autocrats for a long time. A well to do citizenry who frequently travel the world cannot be controlled & must be brought into the fold, or back into the gulag. The same applies to a well to do, prosperous citizenry that doesn’t submit to communist propaganda. They must be impoverished so that they depend on the state. That, my friends, is what communist Guardian scribblers are promoting. They are malcontents and they want you to be as miserable as they are. Don’t fall for it

The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) has published a special report in anticipation of the COP26 Climate Change Conference, insisting the “burning of fossil fuels is killing us.”

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Train or plane? The climate crisis is forcing us to rethink all long-distance travel

Simon Jenkins

Arguments about switching from one mode of transport to another miss the point – we ought to be travelling less

All domestic plane journeys in Britain should be banned and passengers told to take a train. So says the Campaign for Better Transport in its contribution to the climate emergency debate. Planes emit six times more CO2 per passenger mile than trains. The trouble is that plane tickets tend to be half the price of train ones. So tax planes, and subsidise trains.

So far, so simple. Planes are bad, trains are good. But trains will always be more expensive to run than planes over long distances. Surface rail in Britainsupplies a tiny minority of journeys – just 2% of “trips” and 9% of miles travelled. In 2018-19, 58% of public transport journeys were by bus. The car remains prime, accounting for 61% of trips in 2019. Rail subsidies chiefly benefit better-off travellers. Poorer people use cars, coaches and buses for both work and leisure. And while a car with one person is carbon-inefficient, it is estimated that with four it is nearly as efficient as a train.

Reducing domestic air travel certainly seems sensible. Air industry lobbying for a cut in passenger duty in the forthcoming budget should be resisted. So should the archaic project to hit west London with an illegally polluting and noisy new runway at Heathrow. As for subsidising rail travel, the marginal cost per extra passenger is likely to be enormous.

British Airways now offsets carbon emissions on all domestic flights.
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Travel was the great beneficiary of the leisure society. Only now are we appreciating its cost, not just in pollution but in the need for ever more extravagant infrastructure. Cities sprawl when they should be densified. Communities have become fragmented. British government policy still encourages car-intensive settlement in countryside while urban land lies derelict.

It is an uncomfortable fact that most people outside London do most of their motorised travel by car. The answer to CO2 emissions is not to shift passengers from one mode of transport to another. It is to attack demand head on by discouraging casual hyper-mobility. The external cost of such mobility to society and the climate is the real challenge. It cannot make sense to predict demand for transport and then supply its delivery. We must slowly move towards limiting it.

One constructive outcome of the Covid pandemic has been to radically revise the concept of a “journey to work”. Current predictions are that “hybrid” home-working may rise by as much as 20%, with consequent cuts in commuting travel. Rail use this month remains stubbornly at just 65% of its pre-lockdown level. Office blocks in city centres are still half-empty. Covid plus the digital revolution have at last liberated the rigid geography of labour.

Climate-sensitive transport policy should capitalise on this change. It should not pander to distance travel in any mode but discourage it. Fuel taxes are good. Road pricing is good. So are home-working, Zoom-meeting (however ghastly for some), staycationing, local high-street shopping, protecting local amenities and guarding all forms of communal activity.

Britons should rediscover the virtues of locality and neighbourhood. The way to protect life on Earth is not to fly to Glasgow for the Cop26 summit. It is to stay at home. That would be the real silver lining to the Covid cloud.