Come Fly with Me

Speaking of "the smug self-interested consensus of the urban, global elite," the one indictment against climate-change activists like Leonardo DiCaprioAl Gore and Richard Branson that keeps on giving is their heavy use of carbon-spewing jet aircraft. According to this handy carbon-footprint calculator, if you fly economy from North America to Europe and back, just once, you exceed "the maximum amount of CO2 a person should produce per year in order to halt climate change." You can see the dilemma. You can also see why—in this, the U.N.'s Year of Sustainable Tourism—the elephant on the runway is the IATA forecast that passenger demand for air travel will double over the next twenty years.