You think you hate sitting on the runway couped up in a plane that seems to be going nowhere. Well, the airlines (and the planet) hates it too. In 2007 $1.6 billion of jet fuel was burned by planes waiting in line to take off at airports. That's 740 million gallons of fuel.
And from the perspective of climate change 7.1 million metric tons of CO2.
And those numbers aren't going down. As fuel costs and delays increase, they're expecting about $2 billion to be wasted in 2008. All of this is from research by a U.S. Congressional Committee researching ways to decrease the costs of air travel.
[For the whole post, head over to EcoGeek]
We haven't talked a ton about air travel in the huddle....but good gracious. $1.6 billion in fuel? 7.1 million metric tons of CO2? Bad news bears.