How Aerotropolis May Destroy Us Yet
One of the most annoying and pervasive myths that pundits like to spout today is that living in cities is, de facto, greener.
All things is being equal, yes, it would be.
It disturbs me, however, that these same pundits spend jet around the globe much of the year, bragging about how many miles they've logged.
Check out Getting There Green, a fascinating report from the Union of Concerned Scientists that I came across in our research for rebuilding the Port Authority Bus Terminal. It turns out that plane travel is much, much worse for the environment. Try it out for yourself at the Terrapass Carbon Footprint Calculator. Alas, that calculator doesn't include first class travel, which pundits prefer, but if we can assume that one first class trip is equal to two coach trips (it may be worse than this), all it takes is two first class trips from New York to Europe to equal a year of carbon output from an SUV.
Is there a surprise in Getting There Green? Yes, the bus is the greenest mode of travel. See you in the Port Authority Bus Terminal…