Airplanes and Amtrack
- Hello All,
I enjoyed this while I was over at Orion Magazine
If you were a lawyer charged with prosecuting
the perps of global climate change, you could
put together a pretty strong case against
Consider, if you will:
Exhibit A. The world is cloudier than it was
a few decades ago -- as much as five percent
cloudier over the United States and Europe.
Exhibit B. The increased cloud cover has
coincided with the advent of jet travel.
Exhibit C. The places that have grown
cloudier are the same places that
accommodate the most passenger jets. One
study found increased cloud cover at
stations beneath major jet lanes in the
Midwest and Northeast, but not at stations
Exhibit D. Cirrus clouds account for the
bulk of the additional cloudiness.
Exhibit E. Contrails, like cirrus clouds,
require the presence of minute particles to
give ice crystals something to attach to. A
1996 study found that more than half of
such particles detected in the troposphere
came from jet engines.
Exhibit F. Cirrus clouds are heat-trappers.
They let solar radiation pass through and
strike the Earth, but tend to reflect
radiation that bounces back from the
Earth's surface and would otherwise return
Prisons full of criminals have been convicted on
flimsier evidence. Scientists, though, are more
cautious than prosecutors. They want more
testimony, more evidence. They point out that
we still lack some of the most basic
information, such as how many contrails are
really up there.
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Something to ponder. I sure wish I could take a high speed train up the
coast to visit my family once a year.
Did anyone notice that Amtrak employees are threatening an Oct. 3rd.
strike "to draw attention to what they say is chronic under funding by
Spun a bit as a labour issue by the unions. Does not fail to mention
that Amtrak has never made a profit? But has any airline if you add up
the infrastructure costs paid for by municipalities and states and the
federal government? After all no airline actually owns its airports,
they lease space. They own the planes which can conveniently fly away
and be parked in the Arizona desert if your podunk town don't fit the
required profit profile.
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