One way ticket

October 18, 2006

An article entitled PM’S 500 TONS OF GAS in the Mirror reports that last year Cabinet ministers and their staff produced nearly 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, half of which was down to the Prime Minister himself. The gas was a result of their air travel. Scientists haven’t yet begun to measure the catastrophic climate changes resulting from the emission of hot air every time a politician speaks. Is it any wonder that ice shelves the size of Luxembourg have melted? The Daily Record’s headline for their article on this subject reads ‘MAN GETS BLAME FOR ICE MELT’. And now we know which man.
On the transport angle, Lib-Dem environment spokesman, Chris Huhne said a survey of ministerial journeys for 2005-06 shows a combined equivalent to flying to the moon and back 14 times. Here’s my suggestion for halving that figure. Just buy one way tickets.

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