Does every long story have a foreordained ending?
Some oil producers publicly accept climate science, recognize that burning oil has an environmental cost, want carbon's cost to be be covered in a pricing mechanism, and want the mechanism to take the form of a straight, society-wide carbon tax. This seems like a radical position for a conservative, and vested party. Is it? The interesting answer is, no.
Some analysis suggests that 'market-based-measures' (MBMs) are the only practical tool in commercial aviation's carbon emissions reduction toolbox. Not only are they not the only tool, as time passes they have less and less utility.
Commercial aviation constitutes a poster child example of how energy-intensive activity enjoyed by those with wealth--whether in rich or poor nations--can become sustainable ... or not. This first 'Sustaining Aviation' blog post brings you into the discussion where global attention is currently most focused.
Here's some commentary that explains a bit more about the purpose of this blog ...
If the focus is usually on the environmental and social benefits of sustainable, alternative fuel, let's not forget the economic benefits that are still at play even as oil prices plunge.
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