Guess We’ll Have to Go Back to Going to Europe via Boat

If they take this to it’s logical conclusion, that is:

A global deal on emissions curbs by airlines struck late on Friday will allow the European Union to press ahead with plans to charge airlines for emissions permits from 2012, the European Commission said on Saturday.

The EU agreed in 2008 that airlines should be included in its emissions trading scheme (ETS), which forces industry to pay for permits for each tonne of carbon dioxide they emit into the atmosphere.

The ETS is the EU’s main tool for combating climate change and it wants to see the system adopted worldwide. Aviation is responsible for some 2 percent of the world’s carbon emissions.

There’s no way that you travel as fast as you do through a fluid medium as you do with a jet aircraft and not generate a great deal of drag, and thus engine thrust to move forward, and thus carbon dioxide emissions.  Travel by boat, although slow (or because it’s slow), is more fuel efficient.

As long as the ship has Wi-Fi it’s good.  By the time you get to Europe, you’ve already done your business, so just bum around as a tourist and then come home…just don’t hit any icebergs.

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