(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?