Elite flyers pressure United Airlines to act on climate change

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.trust.org/item/20130610222556-41j3o/?source=hptop

    A group of United Airlines' most frequent flyers, including billionaire investor Tom Steyer, on Monday called on the big airline to stop blocking climate change actions.

    United Airlines Inc has opposed "multiple efforts to curb climate change pollution, at home and abroad," the group, Flying Clean, said in a letter to Chief Executive Jeff Smisek.

    Flying Clean, launched by several nongovernmental organizations seeking to reduce carbon emissions from airplanes, sent its letter ahead of United's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday in Arlington, Virginia. It had 85,000 electronic signatures including 2,700 elite frequent flyers.

    "If United wants to stay competitive, it needs to take climate change seriously and act in its customers' - and the planet's - best interest," said Steyer, a former hedge fund manager turned environmental campaigner.

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    Meh. Their investment in bio fuel isn't an investment in climate change?


    That's a bit of an over-embellishment, written to imply that if United doesn't make changes they'll loose business. That doesn't seem realistic, or likely, given that no other airlines are making significant strides there.

    As it becomes economically feasible, UA should continue their investment in that arena, but their recent posts have implied that the biofuel cost is about equal to JetA, just with less emissions. As technology improves, they should continue to make that a focus, which they are, but are people going to pay a premium for it? Most customers aren't going to opt for a higher ticket price to offset climate change; I don't think we're there socially.
     
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    So called climate change is junk science. Solar activity has exponentially more impact to the earth's climate than man ever could. And there are zero concrete links between CO2 and global temperatures, so the idea of linking frequent flying to climate change makes as much sense as linking dancing with rain.
     
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    I wonder if any of the signers ride public transportation instead of using their cars? :rolleyes:
     

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