The huge chunk of co2 for air travel makes me angry. This is 1% thinking. Each air trip uses tens of thousands of gallons of fuel. If you fly out of our city, it's all tarsands, piped here thousands of miles. Each airport is surrounded by a 10-mile-or-so ring of death. Seattle's airport is surrounded by an infant death rate twice as high as neighborhoods farther away. Because of where it's placed (high in the atmosphere), because it's mixed with water vapor and because the molecule differs slightly from, say, auto exhaust, plane exhaust is at least twice as potent a climate-warming agent (some sources say 5 times as much).
To use so much of a fuel the production of which we'd like halted, whether the oil is coming from tarsands, deep gulf, or arctic, is foolish and destructive. If it's immoral to wreck so much of Alberta, it's immoral to use the product. We allow some places, beautiful in their own right, to be totally destroyed so we can fly to others not yet destroyed. Why? For one thing, poor people live near the tarsands. Natives. Their cancer rates are spiking. WE are connected to this and help cause it, every gallon we burn. Shame on us.
Imagine if, immediately after An Inconvenient Truth came out, we took it seriously and admitted it included us. We stopped this "fossil fuels are wrong, so I sure hope someone comes up with a carbon-free version of my lifestyle soon, because George HW Bush was right, it's not up for negotiation." What a difference we'd see. Now imagine if we keep ignoring the warnings, we keep clicking our tongues and continuing the highest co2 lifestyles the planet has ever seen. Ten years from now, we're going to see a difference, either way.
The environmental movement has pretended for long enough that OUR carbon doesn't matter. The planet cannot tell the difference between our last fulfilling trip to Bali and the coal from mountaintop removal. Any environmentalist flying is mainlining co2 right where it does the most harm and where no bogus "offset" can ever get to it. We invest in tarsands, arctic drilling, deepwater drilling, every use of oil. But flying the most of all. I don't know how we got so dismissive of the single biggest use of oil in a few hours any human can indulge in. But one round-trip flight and you've pretty much doubled the rest of your year. You've used what a typical European uses to heat for a winter. Two? Now you've doubled MY footprint.
There are two types of climate deniers. One says it doesn't exist, one says it does, but their co2 somehow doesn't count.