Baker rejects air flight rationing

by Stephen Tall on February 7, 2009

Today’s Telegraph reports that Lord Turner, the chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, has said people should be given personal flight limits to lower pollution from the aviation industry:

“We will have to constrain demand in an absolute sense, with people not allowed to make as many journeys as they could in an unconstrained manner,” he told the Commons environmental audit committee. Lord Turner, whose committee is investigating whether the air industry can meet a target of reducing emissions to below 2005 levels by 2050, said the restriction may need to become permanent. He added: “It is at least possible that we will come back and say, ‘Given the technological position … we think this is doable with the first flight allocation but we think the second allocation may prove undoable’.”

The report quotes Lib Dem shadow transport secretary Norman Baker rejecting Lord Turner’s suggestion:

There is an absolute need to recognise the serious climate change implications of aviation but Forties-style rationing is not the way forward.”