AVIATION

Airline jet fuel is the only fossil fuel banned from being taxed, meaning aviation corporations have been getting a felicitous, free ride for 70 years. American Airlines Group is the biggest airline company in the world makes profits of $7.6 billion a year and is #67 on the Fortune 500 list of biggest, baddest U.S. companies. All the while completely avoiding tax and recompense for the astronomical earth-wrecking it is doing.

The value of this missing tax on fuel is around £11.4 billion. Enough to do some serious super solar subsidising.

Yet, whilst austerity inundates our every activity, amenity and occupation, industrial tax avoidance feels all the more egregiously afflictive. Especially from the extravagant aviation industry, which billows and grows, having already doubled between 1990 and 2006.

The environmental impact of this industry is worth a sizeable chunk of global carbon emissions. If aviation was a country, it would be the 7th biggest carbon emitter after China, US, Russia, India, Japan and Germany.

And we brits fly more than any other nation, twice as much as Americans surprisingly. Yet it’s a relatively small, privileged amount of people benefiting. 15% of total flyers take over 70% of all global journeys in their small, regular flights.

 

The heaviest havens of these high-class tourists are London & Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Surrey. The audaciously opulent jet setting off to second homes of swift excursions.

emissions

And we brits fly more than any other nation, twice as much as Americans surprisingly. Yet it’s a relatively small, privileged amount of people benefiting. 15% of total flyers take over 70% of all global journeys in their small, regular flights.

 

The heaviest havens of these high-class tourists are London & Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Surrey. The audaciously opulent jet setting off to second homes of swift excursions.

In addition to the carbon dioxide produced per passenger - a flight from New York to London is as much as entire year of living - there’s also water vapour and ozone production. These short term greenhouse gases provide much more quick, potent waves of warming. If carbon dioxide slow-cooks the Earth, then ozone and vapour flash fry us fast.

It is for this reason that the aviation industry is the largest growing greenhouse gas emitter and global warming committer. If it continues as normal with airports expanding, aviation will take up to 27% of our global carbon budget. Even in the best case scenario, if the sector achieves its mad goals of capping emissions by 2020, it will still be responsible for 12% of global carbon emissions. 

In the short-term future - or more accurately: 

the time we have available to make these huge,

humanity-saving decisions - aviation and its

burdensome, baleful baggage are bad.

✈ The new Heathrow runway is an ABOMINATION.

✈ It will ‘stimulate the economy’ at the cost of the AIR WE BREATH and the longevity of DEVELOPING COUNTRIES that will be worst effected first and most ferociously by runaway climate change.

✈ The new runway will produce CO2 emissions equivalent to Kenya.

✈ The UK has already been breaching nitrogen dioxide EU safety limits since 2010.

✈ Also, we reached our dirty air quota for 2016 on Friday 8 JANUARY.

✈ Here in the UK, we must reduce our carbon emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050, to do our part in battling climate change – we were once world leaders on climate. NOT ANYMORE.

✈ In 2008, Theresa May said: “I will continue to put pressure on the government [against the] third runway [as it] would undermine our national targets and seriously damage the health of the local community.”

✈ Our Prime Minister is a liar and governed by short term self-interest.

✈ Models that provide the business case for the new runway are flawed, and the 180,000 jobs and £211b income they predict are thousands and billions over-estimated – they do not take into account ensuing climate change of the coming 15 years. Thus rendering them meaningless. We should be helping repair damage our industrial revolution has caused to the world's guiltless people.

✈ 70% of flights in the UK are taken by just 15% of people, a frequent flyer band of global elites who are widening inequality at home and across the globe through over-consumption.

✈ We cannot keep growing and growing, we must accept a more meager lifestyle. Everyone.

Fly less, protest more. It is a truly sad day when a nation like ours chooses capitalist expansion and self-interest over holistic global safety.

what can we do?

If you're interested, follow HACAN - a coalition against airport expansion

Join in demonstrations against airports and government, to better control the spiraling problem

Try to fly less and avoid short journeys in the air - they'll ratchet up your emissions and make your impact soar

Plan more train travel, or cycle - beauty is on the doorstep, not in the air

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