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Liked French lawmakers approve a ban on short domestic flights by Reuters Staff (Reuters)

French lawmakers voted late on Saturday to abolish domestic flights on routes than can be covered by train in under two-and-a-half hours, as the government seeks to lower carbon emissions even as the air travel industry reels from the global pandemic.

Wow! I can’t imagine a United States in which we could agree, the emissions of short flights are not justifiable. Only possible in a country that built other forms of high speed transit. Maybe if we ever get a fast train along the west coast we could drop flights from Seattle to Portland and Vancouver. Can’t see it happening with Boeing here.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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