The Powers that be will have me Travelling less


The Freakonomics blog welcomes peak oil as it leads to peak travel (Peak travel), so I thought this was another interesting plot of that perspective. Now I finally have an ecological, economic, humanitarian excuse to travel less. Most of these myopics have been focusing on driving, so I really would like this perspective on air travel. I wonder whether air travel is more efficient because it packs in more people, or is it more harmful to global interests because it consumes more oil?

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bytex64
    Jan 19, 2011 @ 10:07:00

    According to <a href="">wikipedia</a&gt;, it may actually be slightly more efficient to fly than driving alone. In 1998, planes averaged 49 passenger miles per gallon (i.e., normal fuel efficiency divided by carrying capacity — you can compare this to one person driving a car) with 20% of the seats left unoccupied. Of course, if you’re carpooling with three other people, you can beat that handily even with a car that gets 25 MPG. And if you’re going to count miles per dollar, forget about it. :)No, I didn’t just research this for the hell of it — I did some research about the <a href="">efficiency of bicycling</a> a while ago.


  2. Anonymous
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 09:59:49

    I applaud your research!


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