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Fly less to convey urgency

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Science  27 Sep 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6460, pp. 1355
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaz5810

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  • RE: Fly less to convey urgency

    Apparently saving the planet requires turning us all back into mud suckers. Fly less extrapolates to drive less the to only walk. Otherwise flying less is only a token response to (adverse) climate change. Worse, like the 3 trillion wasted so far on "renewable energy" junk, there is negative benefit. Ultimately mitigating the planet requires building 50 terawatt atomic power or paving the planet with windmills. Moving fuel for all 50 terawatt atomic power can be done with 100 railroad locomotives worldwide. No more oil spills, dirty air, or 2 billion women cooking indoors breathing fumes from burning dung. Russia has a Tu155 sitting for decades that burns LNG or LH2. A real solution would be putting it back into the air. Aviation vapor trails may actually reduce earth's temperature. Not politically correct to assign any benefit to aviation. Science has not contributed significantly to dirty air problem since publishing: J. A. Laurmann, "Market Penetration Characteristics for Energy Production and Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Growth," I:Science, B:205, 08311979, pp. 896 - 898, (August 31, 1979). Everything else comes under the heading turning the human population back into mud suckers in the dark.

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