Blah blah blah... Mostly technical thoughts, rants and gibberish
In this time of looming ecological disaster, I think it’s time we recognize and praise those who have the balls to put forward actual solutions to tackle our irresponsible behaviors, without compromising, regardless of established facts and without heeding the futile excuses opponants might come up with.
Hail Thomas Minder!
At last a courageous, honnest and sensible politician!
After his successful fight against corporate rip-off salaries, Mr Minder now valiantly embarks on a crusade against those individuals who fly private aircrafts and produce CO2 for their sole pleasure, comfort and/or display of wealth.
Thanks to his latest and outstanding proposition as part of the debates on the new (swiss) law on CO2, these nefarious people time is now coming to an end! By taxing 500.- swiss francs on every flight from “people who are traveling by aircraft or private jet, which is in their private possession”, we will undoubtedly stop this egoistical and useless habit, benefitting no one else than its perpetrators and contributing to large amount - 0.05% - of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions (as per statistics below).
If only we could see more of such uncompromising and thoroughly thought-of initiatives… we might actually stand a chance!
I’m but a midly educated nobody whose poorly articulated thoughts cannot match the audacity and wisdom of truly bold and capable political actors such as Mr Minder. But should such faithful representative of our democracy stumble upon those words, I would urge her or him to consider:
drawing an identical tax - 500.- swiss francs per start-up - for all privately owned motor boats, bikes, power groups, chain saws, lawn mowers and other fuel-powered environmental nuisances, which benefit no other than their owner (when not recognizingly bothering the vast majority of people)
drawing a 25'000.- swiss francs tax per year and per individual, who releases 4000-odd kilograms of CO2 per year just by breathing, grossly 50 times more than privately owned aircrafts
drawing a 250'000.- swiss francs tax per newborn, who will end up being 500 to 1000 times more detrimental to our ecological welfare than privately owned aircrafts (according to S.Wynes and K.A.Nicholas environmental research letter)
Post Scriptum: there might be some inconsistencies in the way I computed the ratios mentioned in the above paragraphs; but bear with me: what matters are intentions and their symbolic significance, not facts!
Despite its official statistics being desperately hard to obtain - the Internal Energy Agency (IEA) statistics are worth several hundred euros per document [!…] - your faithful servant managed to get hold of its free 2008 report for you to download.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is more open about its analysis, with its 5th assessment report (AR5) being readily available for download by anyone, as are the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) CO2 emissions report and facts sheet. Shortly put: 14% of worlwide greenhouse gas emissions come from the transport sector (AR5, p.47), ~17% of which from aviation (~2.4% in total, ICCT).
Detailed statistics for the transport sector are publicly available from the European Environment Agency (EEA) greenhouse gas emissions from transport indicators. Shortly put: 27% of european greenhouse gas emissions come from the transport sector, 13.3% of which from aviation (3.6% in total).
Finally the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) general aviation statistics and report allow to narrow down the part of General Aviation (GA) - aka. privately owned planes - based on fuel consumption (compared to commercial aviation latest statistics). Shortly put: General Aviation represents ~2% of worldwide aviation fuel consumption, ~10% of which for small piston engine - AVGAS-powered - aircrafts (~0.2% of the entire aviation sector).
I’m a private plane and glider pilot who failed to secure a career in aviation - his childhood dream - and flies privately, club owned (AVGAS-powered) planes 20-odd hours per year, which sector contributes to 0.005% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions (what an asshole!!!).