06 Aug 2009
No surprise there really. Fancy, an industry protecting its own interests? Well I never!
Of course any new major construction project like this would have its own significant carbon footprint. Yet again, it comes down to how it is done, not what is done - i.e. construction techniques, mitigation, etc.
Remember though that even if the carbon emissions from the trains equalled those of the planes journey for journey, the trains emit at ground level, where carbon is 'expected' by the carbon cycle. There are no trees at 30K feet to uptake carbon emitted by plane engines.
Concern at a major infrastructure project like this is all well and good, but surely it would be a lot more credible if it didn't come from the very industry that stands to lose the most from it?
10 Aug 2009
I really think that airline industry is worried about this plan. I wrote an article about the way it'll impact domestic flight in UK, and Flybe goes undercover to respond to my post!!! They spy bloggers and didn't really like my post! Apparently the competition posed by the train seems to be a tough pill for them to swallow.... but anyways, Train is better for the environment!
My post on this topic : http://tiny.cc/r6Jom