Green transport experts have calculated that Kennedy's campaign aircraft - which will travel over 8,000 miles (1) in the run up to the election - will release 25 tonnes of CO2 emissions per week. Professor John Whitelegg, Green Sustainable Development Spokesperson and Professor of sustainable transport at Liverpool John Moores University comments:
"Kennedy's revealing decision to use the most polluting form of transport on earth - a plane - to conduct his election campaign, is unsurprising given that his aviation policies leave the back-door open to airport expansion."
He continues: "The Lib Dems have often presented a green face by criticising the Government's aviation programme, but their own carefully worded policy - which leaves the way open for more South East airport building "when existing capacity is fully utilised " - is not much different from the Government's predict and provide policy."
He concludes: " Climate change is a serious threat of globally catastrophic proportions, and the Big 3 parties indistinguishable environmental policies of "preach Green and practise pollution" are totally unacceptable."
Posted on 6th April 2005
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