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  •  Probably more is business travel (0+ / 0-)

    And I can tell you as someone doing that at least 4-5 times a month, it's something I would gladly leave behind.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:39:13 AM PST

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    •  Most business travel should become a relic (1+ / 0-)
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      of the past. It's 2013. There's no need to fly half way across the country to have meetings. Some business travel is necessary, but a lot of it can be replaced with teleconferencing (including video links).

      The federal government has cut way back on work travel in the past few years, and I've not noticed any degradation of quality of meetings.

      •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

        And our company has vastly reduced travel using Cisco and Go To Meeting web conferencing services, which I also use several times a week (almost daily).

        But some of us have jobs where travel is necessary and mine is one.

        Ironically, I don't own a car and otherwise use my feet, my bike or public transportation, but objectively, this does not offset the emissions of the flights I take and for that our company is considering carbon offsets when they are available (our European subsidiaries already do this).

        What about my Daughter's future?

        by koNko on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:48:45 PM PST

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        •  I agree that some travel is necessary (0+ / 0-)

          Some meetings need to be done face to face, sites need to be surveyed in person, certain individuals need to be present physically at certain times etc. Cutting back where possible is a good start, and offsetting is another good way to mitigate the environmental impacts of corporate travel though.

    •  It's not Median American that flys for business (0+ / 0-)

      Waiters, delivery persons, teachers, retail clerks... they do not make business flights.

      •  It doesn't say that (0+ / 0-)

        It says:

        (a) Americans generate 19 tons verses Europeans 10 tons

        (b) IF you fly, a higher fraction my come from air travel.

        To which I would add, IF you fly, your total is probably much higher than the average.

        But when calculating per capita national emissions, the formula is total emissions divided by population.

        The chart below is a little outdated but I made it to provide some perspective on the geopolitics of CO2 emissions and how location, economics and population play a role.

        Percapita CO2 9007 chart 3a photo PercapitaCarbonEmissions2007Chart3a.png

        I should probably update it to show 2007 verses 2011 data (or 2012 when available).

        What about my Daughter's future?

        by koNko on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:04:43 PM PST

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