Magazine article The New American

Dump Cars, Nix Air Travel, Climate Alarmists Say

Magazine article The New American

Dump Cars, Nix Air Travel, Climate Alarmists Say

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"The car is doomed," says Damon Honnery, an associate professor at Australia's Monash University. In an interview with the Melbourne newspaper The Age, Prof. Honnery discussed the findings of his soon-to-be-published research paper, "Mitigating Greenhouse: Limited Time, Limited Options," written with Dr. Patrick Moriarty.

Car travel should be cut by 80 percent, road construction halted, air travel drastically cut, and public transport boosted if Australia is to meet carbon emission targets set by the Kyoto Protocol. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's Labor government signed on to the UN climate change treaty last December at the Bali conference on global warming.

Governments must focus on phasing out cars, improving the energy efficiency of public transport and making people use it, the professors argue. "People are going to have to fundamentally change the way they think about travel and make much more use of non-motorised travel such as cycling and walking," Professor Honnery said.

Dr. Moriarty also wants to see air travel curtailed. "An overseas trip might become a once-in-a-lifetime experience rather than an annual event," he said. …

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