‘Sustainable’ aviation fuels – more pie in the sky 

Posted: January 2, 2019 by oldbrew in Critique, Travel
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Airport scene
[image credit: Wikipedia]

Land-grown biofuel is in enough trouble already as an enemy of the environment. But the vain pursuit of the imaginary CO2 enemy leads to numerous bad policy decisions.

“Hydrocarbon fuels will remain essential for modern air travel. So-called sustainable aviation fuels are expensive, produced in negligible volumes, and provide CO2 savings only on paper. As such, they fail the real sustainability test of affordability, plenty, and reliability.”

Air travel is a miracle of our modern society, writes Steve Goreham at MasterResource.

In 1620, the pilgrims took 65 days to cross the Atlantic Ocean by sailing ship and two passengers died during that hazardous journey.

Today, a single jumbo jet safely transports more than 300 passengers from London to New York in under eight hours. Millions flew to see loved ones this last Christmas. But jet planes burn hydrocarbon fuel, an energy source under attack.

Each day, more than 100,000 commercial flights carry more than 11 million passengers a combined total of 14 billion passenger miles worldwide. More than 99 percent of these flights are powered by aviation fuel from petroleum.

Commercial air travel poses a problem for climate change fighters. There is no viable low-carbon substitute for most of today’s air travel.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of the United Nations warns that the aviation industry exhausts two percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Aircraft CO2 emissions are projected to quadruple by 2050 from 2010 levels.

Continued here.

  1. Once again, libs are all about feelings, not empirical facts and history. They feel so good about themselves when they support nonsense like so-called ‘green’ fuels that are more harmful to the environment and the food supply than any hydrocarbon fuel. It gives them bragging rights with their fellow airheads.

  2. Bitter@twisted says:

    The hypocrisy of leftists/libs never ceases to amaze me.
    It is the liberal “elite” who do the most air miles.
    So let’s price the plebs out of flying.
    Put them back in their box.

  3. Saighdear says:

    Yes yes yes, and I’m listening to michael grew talking to the farmers this now: some bullshit amongst it – and when you hear ‘im talking / mentioning CLimate change, then you know it IS Bullshit. More Organic matter into the soil, eh? ie need MORE ANIMALS to Shite on straw which has to be incorporated into the soil to feed the worms. Straw? being used as eco fuels…… and so on ad infinitum……
    I want to re-run the “referendum” on accepting the direction we took on climate change etc……

  4. ivan says:

    It is very interesting that it is again the UN via another tentacle the ICAO that is spreading this FUD. Anyone would think they were following an Agenda (21 & 30) for some reason.

    Just follow the Club of Rome and the money trail as well as their flying habits.

  5. hunter says:

    The UN has devolved into a golem, marching relentlessly and more quickly towards a world governance controlled by kleptocrat and magical thinking.

  6. David Pflieger says:

    Very sad news. Aviation is a necessary industry, but we must find a better fuel alternative. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thank you for the thorough analysis of this industry issue. You make great points.