If you take just two cross country and two overseas trips a year . . . not a big number for today's more mobile young adults . . . you're consuming as much carbon as you would by driving a huge gas-guzzling SUV 12,000 miles a year.So Kitchen Linker says,
- Discourage low-value plane trips with a pigouvian tax.
- Stop subsidizing airlines. There are many subsidies, see a recent New York Times story about a smaller one.
- Lead the way with "only travel when strictly necessary" policies, replace travel with tele-, video-, and "second life" meetings.
On the other hand, air tavel has been getting much more efficient, which surprised me a little bit.