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May 26, 2004
Not Your Best Move Kerry ... Do Better
Your typical jet burns fuel in an amazingly costly and inefficient way. So the fact that Kerry chose to launch both his "The Real Deal" plane and his energy policy at the same time was .. well, foolish. Could have been better thought out.
Jet fuel is its own unique animal though it is, essentially, diesel
Environmentalists say airlines rate as one of the most polluting forms of transport, with 16,000 commercial jets producing more than 600 million tons of carbon dioxide every year (2000 figures). Guidelines on aircraft emissions were excluded from the Kyoto Protocol and aviation fuel is tax exempt.
If the Kerry campaign is smart they will mention biodiesel fuels. If it is REALLY smart, it is already using them (though they are still being researched and the last thing we need is another Democratic plane scare quotes accident).
One advantage - the biodiesels don't blow up into huge fireballs when they hit land ... or other things.
i'm just saying. Seems good to me.