Hoon and Emma Thompson exchange flak over flights
the campaign to stop the third runway at Britain’s biggest airport.
American attitudes to
about people who I assume travel by air quite a lot and don’t see the logic of
their position, not least because the reason we have got this problem in relation
to Heathrow is that more and more people want to travel more and more,” he said.
and airlines do not say ‘we need to put on more flights’ unless there is a demand
for it. So the point is about not just Emma Thompson, but lots of people. If someone
living in LA says he did not think it was a good idea to expand Heathrow, well
the last time I looked the only way to get from LA to Britain is Heathrow.”
new runway, gave an equally tart reply: “Get a grip Geoff. This is not a campaign
against flying – we’re trying to stop the expansion of Heathrow in the face of
urged the incoming US president to sign an international agreement to control
carbon emissions from aircraft.
predicted that protests by green groups would only add “some small administrative
difficulty to the process”. He also forecast the government would not lose a vote
on the expansion in the Commons, pointing out confidently that he had not once
lost a vote in the 18 months he had been government chief whip.
subsidise the high cost of batteries used in electric cars, so that they can be
offered at cheap rental rates to consumers.
would not be used if the government’s advisory committee on climate change says
in the future that the expansion means carbon emissions from aviation cannot be
brought down to 2005 levels by 2050.
planes was “not about dreaming up some new aircraft”, but instead incentivising
airlines to invest increasingly in cleaner, quieter aircraft.
on how emissions from aviation are curbed and measured.
away on Tuesday” – the day Obama is inaugurated as president. Hoon admitted the
agreed EU scheme to cap carbon emissions from aviation in Europe from 2012 was
causing tensions with America.
the truth is they are not too happy about that, and what we need in the US is
a new attitude, an international agreement.”
at Heathrow were illogical and arbitrary. “What we need is an international agreement
where you share the carbon out roughly in proportion to the number of flights
going from each country. Now that seems a wholly sensible and effective way of
co-operate with the EU.
emissions to Heathrow was illogical and unfair.
what they are actually talking about is the amount of fuel taken on board by aircraft
at Heathrow. But the truth is that this is American aircraft, French aircraft
and far eastern aircraft.
that is taken on board at Heathrow, what you are doing is putting the UK at a
very significant competitive disadvantage because no one else is counting emissions
in the same way. We will end up double counting our carbon, damaging our competitive
position with other countries who will be getting a free ride.”
as a result of aviation being included in the European Union emissions trading
scheme from 2012, but he said the price rise would not have a major impact on
demand, which he admitted was going to rise exponentially.
low-cost airlines. My constituents are travelling to destinations which 10 years
ago they would never have imagined possible because they could never have afforded
it. That is what is driving the expansion.”