Five environmentalist groups urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take swift action to curb airplane emissions this past Thursday. Newsmax reports that The Sierra Club, Earth Justice, Friends of the Earth, The Center for Biological Diversity, and the National Resources Defense Council are quoted as saying:
“Greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft are currently responsible for more than 3 percent of total U.S. emissions and are one of the fastest-growing carbon pollution sources, on track to triple globally by 2050 under business-as-usual scenarios.”
According to Roll Call, the agency has said it will investigate the issue and will finalize new rules by Spring of next year despite the green groups’ request that they be ready earlier. The EPA’s promise is the result of a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) who was able to get a court order for the EPA to issue rules in which CBD’s lawsuit alleged the EPA was taking too long.
This action on the part of the five environmentalist groups is one part of an attempt to shut down air flight. Carbon emissions are the result of production and productivity is the result of trade. By continuing to restrict carbon emissions from human activities (like travel) will result in limitations of movement that result in people (especially in the Third World) being driven into poverty. The symbolism behind environmentalists and their hostility to greenhouse gas emissions and even the implication of their organization names is clear that they see humans as a means to an end to sacrifice to the needs of nature and not out of wanting clean air.