UK government minister claims people must keep flying to help…

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UK government minister claims people must keep flying to help cut aviation CO2
2021-09-17 08:32:00
A government minister has angered scientists and environmentalists by claiming people need to keep flying in order to help cut carbon emissions. Junior transport minister Rachel Maclean said the aviation sector needed to have “confidence in its future” and that the government had no plans to try and reduce demand for flights. She said lower carbon planes and fuels would not be invented if they were rendered unprofitable by people abandoning air travel.  So we have to have lots of people flying, causing the emission of more CO2, in order for the industry to pay for future changes to cut emissions.  (Wonderful logic).  She said flying was one of the things that “make life worth living” and that the government would not place restrictions on it, for business or leisure … and “We believe that we can reach zero in aviation [by 2050], without having a demand management policy.” Dr Doug Parr, chief scientist for Greenpeace UK, said: “According to the minister… it’s like advocating donuts as the confidence boost you need to make yourself go to the gym … the Committee on Climate Change, and the Airports Commission, insisted that demand constraint was essential for aviation to meet our carbon targets.” .Tweet   UK government claims people must keep flying to help cut carbon emissions Minister says government does not have demand management policy for aviation ahead of UN climate summit By Jon Stone, Policy Correspondent (Independent) 15.9.2021 A government minister has angered scientists and environmentalists by claiming people need to keep flying in order to help cut carbon emissions. Speaking ahead of a key UN climate conference Rachel Maclean said the aviation sector needed to have “confidence in its future” and that the government had no plans to try and reduce demand for flights. Outlining the government’s position at a parliamentary committee she argued that theoretical cleaner airliners would never be invented if they were rendered unprofitable by people abandoning airports. “These

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