Her is why I say that Airplanes are the prime culprits of Global Warming. First: They Fly High. While fossil fueled Power Plants and Surface Transport Fleets emit huge green house gases many of them are mitigated before they can have much of a green house effect. But most jets fly right up there. I mean even some prop planes do too.
Second: The Fuel. Especially military flight fuel is bloody near kerosene.
Third: There are so many. It may be a myth but after 911 when so many planes were grounded the tempeture dropped a degree.
So this is kinda cool. Maybe we should call them personal air taxi’s or something. Yes they will be expensive. So what.
Aircraft fuel is notoriously dirty. This airline is betting on clean electricity.
Harbour Air wants to become the world’s first all-electric airline and start flying passengers by 2022.
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the fact that air travel is a massive and growing problem for the global climate.
In the US, transportation is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, and aircraft account for 12 percent of transportation emissions. US air travel reached a record high last year, pushing up overall emissions even while the power sector saw a decline.
To make matters worse, demand for flights is growing. Emissions from air travel are poised to spike up to sevenfold globally by 2050 if nothing else changes.
That’s why it’s so urgent to decarbonize air travel. Yet the technical challenges are immense. Alternatives like carbon-neutral biofuels remain far too costly. And the stodgy rules in the heavily regulated, risk-averse aviation sector lag far behind advances in electric drivetrains.
They are currently flying small electric planes on a regional basis.
Go there and see the future. More next week.