(Fox News) (now) The EPA will determine and enforce aircraft emissions limits, following a similar effort to limit emissions by cars, trucks and power plants. But conservatives say higher airplane efficiency standards will only force airlines to raise ticket prices or install more seats on already cramped flights.
“Airlines already have a tremendous incentive to reduce fuel burn, and reduce CO2 emissions right now,” said Sam Batkins, the director of regulatory policy at the American Action Forum. “Airplanes themselves are already efficient and are already getting more efficient each year.”
Airlines are among the most efficiency-minded transportation industries. Normally tight-margin companies, the less fuel airlines burn, the more money they make.
“There’s not a market failure in airline efficiency,” said Batkins.
Once the executive jets that belong to the rich, to government potentates and military brass are gone, the Environmental Protection Agency can take it’s shot at everyone else in America.
|Michael Moore wouldn’t be flying anywhere…|
Executive jets burn far more fuel per person flown than commercial (cattle car) aircraft. And if you eliminate first class and consign all flyers to the same level of misery as the “people in the back”, they will be even more fuel efficient. How about that Congressman and Senator? How about that Oprah and Al Gore (neighboring mansions in Montecito, CA)? What about Michael Moore, multi millionaire propaganda documentary maker? He’s a behemoth and I doubt that he could fit in a coach airplane seat. Maybe he could find a large enough seat on a train. Do they have bench seating?
No, getting rid of the toys of our betters will simply not do. They are smarter than us proles, LL, can't you understand that? Actually, that was a rhetorical question, of course you can't comprehend why our betters need these things.
Since they are better and smarter than us, they have a moral obligation to look after us. In their stewardship of all things correct and right in society, calling the shots is not as easy as it looks, LL. Far from it. Our betters put a lot of work into figuring out how best to make society work, and after they put in a long, hard, 4 hour day, they need to kick back, relax and regenerate. You wouldn't want them controlling you and me while dealing with leg spasms and cramps from sitting in coach, would you? Of course not.
To best handle the reigns of civilization, our betters need to be refreshed and perky, so that their decisions are made in comfort and opulence, and in this way they are optimal decisions.
So, you see, they are really living large for OUR benefit. I hope your tiny proletarian brain can soak up this truth, LL. It's really for the best, you know. So let's have no more talk of making our betters uncomfortable in any way. It's not good for society.
"Let them eat cake!"
The EPA only wants to save the world (that doesn't need saving) … through extortion and coercion.
Have the same rules for Congressmen flying to and fro, too. And do away with AF1. But Michael Moore would have to fly on a cargo jet.
Al Gore. No matter how you say it – something sounds wrong.
…browbeating the nation through regulation and taxation.
Michael Moore could fly on a Fedex jet.
Every time I think of him, I think of the maid that he tried to rape in Seattle who described him as a "crazy poodle".
Now you're starting to catch on.
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