Averaged out the plane is better over any vehicle that uses gas or diesel in terms of seat miles. There was a study done a few years ago, 2012/2013 that showed planes were 40% more efficient on a seat mile basis vs. any car.
Your argument would be so much stronger if you could find that survey, or indeed any other, that confirms these numbers.
Failing that, I'm sure I read somewhere that flying was SIX TIMES more polluting than travelling by car.
Of course I can't back that up either, so you would probably say it is worthless.... or that my memory was unreliable. Et tu Brute?
The article presented at the start of this thread does not support your 40% claim (nor my equally ridiculous "6x"). Perhaps we should both stick to verifiable facts?
It wasn’t always that way. The efficiency between the two crossed over in the late 1980s and aircraft fuel efficient has outpaced cars since, cars basically flattened out.
Ok, I guess cars in the US must be a special case that somehow missed out on the technological revolution enjoyed by the rest of the world.
Back in the day I used to drive a variety of vehicles that managed 22-28 mpg between them. I might have got 35 mpg from the best of them, on a long run.
Right now, today, there are five vehicles on the premises; and the absolute worst
is my daughters. She cries because she "only" gets 44 mpg. In 1985 I could have only dreamed of those numbers.
But in my yard today, the pick of the bunch is 12 years old, cost me $800 and goes like a rocket whilst delivering 67 mpg,
(to be fair you wouldn't like it because the aircon is u/s, and at this precise moment it needs another $500 spent on it to tighten up the brakes, replace a broken headlight, and a few service items, but I reckon it's worth keeping it running a while longer)
Nothing to see here; move along please.