A report from Oxford University says the British government must put up taxes on air travel, otherwise it will rocket and global warming will be worse. Air travel has got cheaper and cheaper but there isn’t a chance in hell of the government listening.
As with most western governments, politicians are increasingly lackeys to multi-nationals and the oil companies. Real power lies here, and for as long as there is profit and power in oil, the world will have oil.
There are real alternatives. Ideas exist for ceramic engines that use little fuel. Waveriders are on the drawing board that skim across the oceans with minimal pollution.But multi-nationals offer cosmetic tinkering and get on with polluting.
© Anthony North, October 2006