Which is best for the environment: driving or flying?
October 12, 2007 10:56 AM Subscribe
Is it better for the environment to drive or fly a long distance?
posted by JPDD to travel & transportation (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm currently in Baton Rouge, LA and plan on returning to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for a couple of weeks over Christmas and I'm wondering if driving or flying would be better in terms of global warming and other environmental impacts. If I fly I would use a commercial carrier and it would involve at least two hops as there are no direct flights. If I drive I would use our 2001 automatic transmission Toyota Corolla and spend a night or two in a motel. I would be the only person in the car.
I was under the impression that driving was something like 30x better in part because flying deposits pollutants directly into the atmosphere but I just heard something on the NPR Environment podcast cites thegreenguide.com as saying driving is 2x worse than flying. I couldn't find anything on their site to that effect however.
So which is best? Flying or driving? I realize that the train is probably best and I may end up doing that.