I read an article this morning about the gradual recovery of the aviation industry post-9/11. Not a particularly thrilling read, but one aspect of it really got me thinking. Despite contributing a relatively minor 1.6% of global CO2 emissions, aviation has become somewhat of a bête noir to global warming campaigners. One commentator called for airlines…
…to meet a target of zero carbon dioxide emissions within 50 years.
This immediately reminded me of another piece I came across earlier this month:
The world still has enough proven oil reserves to provide 40 years of consumption at current rates.
If the estimate in the second statement is true, I’d say that in 40 years carbon emissions will be pretty miniscule by today’s standards anyways. Surely it follows then, that if we increase our rare of oil consumption the resulting massive drop in carbon emissions will happen even sooner, right?
Next time you see one of those smug fuckers swanning around in a Smart car or Prius, you might want to remind them that oil-loving bastards like them are only prolonging this period of immeasumable damage blah blah blah global warming blah blah blah poor little penguins etc. If you really give a shit about global warming, buy a HUMMER.