Tradeoffs: who knew?

The New York Times, and a whole bunch of bloggers, lament American's move to make flying more costly and less convenient. We seem to have a grand national amnesia when it comes to carbon and flying. Cap and trade isn't going to do any good unless we do less of things like drive and fly--and most of the city loving coastal types I know want to do much, much more flying, because international travel is incredibly important to them. Yet a few long haul flights a year are the carbon equivalent of driving an SUV in an exurb.

Either we get upset about doing less driving and flying, or we get upset about climate change. We cannot simultaneously fix both problems.