Spare a Thought for IATA

They emit very very little CO2 compared to everything else, they have set up a “4-pillar strategy to address climate change”, they have been hardly hit by gigantic fuel prices.

They have also been plagued for decades and decades by poor managerial and cost-control skills, resulting in a multitude of bankruptcies and often disappearance of once-thriving companies.

Still, that’s not enough for the miserabilists at the EU trying to force emission trading schemes on anything that moves. And so today, IATA, the International Air Transport Association, decided to pay for a full-page ad on the International Herald Tribune, detailing their perfectly mainstream ideas about climate change.

Much has been said about coercing evil Big Oil and Big Energy companies into emission trading schemes. Let’s see if airlines will be treated any better: one fears not, as the underlying goal is not so much actual emissions, rather the removal of whatever can provide fun

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  1. James H
    2008/06/29 at 21:04

    Don’t forget that when you exercise, you breathe faster and emit more CO2. You’ll need to buy carbon offsets for that.

  2. 2008/06/26 at 12:43

    “Let’s see if airlines will be treated any better: one fears not, as the underlying goal is not so much actual emissions, rather the removal of whatever can provide fun.”

    There have been numerous and very serious scientific studies linking increases of fun with rising CO2 levels, leading in turn to catastrophic global warming. Included in the EU’s new initiative to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint will be a fun reduction programme, which will involve a widespread public re-education campaign under the banner “Stop Laughing – Climate Change is Really Very Serious”. Measures will include behavioural changes such as forcing people who enjoy reading Jeremy Clarkson’s articles to read George Monbiot instead – this alone will save an estimated 16 thousand million tons of carbon which would otherwise be frivolously spewed into the atmosphere due to people being encouraged to drive, fly, laugh more, etc. Another measure being considered is cancelling the annual carbon holocaust otherwise known as Christmas – Christmas Day and Boxing Day will be replaced by Stop Bullying The Planet Weekend, when families will be made to sit in the dark and with the heating off, meditating in silence on suitably downbeat environmental themes. A government letter will be circulated to all doctors, alerting them to an expected sharp rise in demand for antidepressants…

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