Thousands Flying to Super Bowl XLVIII a Big Loss for the Planet

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About 15 percent of the Super Bowl XLVIII crowd traveled to the game by private jet, according to Greg Raiff, chief executive of Private Jet Services Group in Seabrook, N. H.. And thousands more enthusiastic travelers flew to the big game using commercial airlines. Score this monstrosity event another big loss for our planet earth.

People who  travel regularly by jet in the U. S. contribute many more tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than people who choose not to fly.  A single round-trip flight from New York to San Francisco sends 2-3 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent gases per passenger to the atmosphere, where it remains upwards of 100 years . According to the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization, more than 6 billion people will fly in 2030, which is double the number of passengers flying in 2012.

The average American generates about 19 tons of greenhouse gases a year. The calculated average greenhouse gas emission per person, world-wide, is less than 5 tons a year.

Many hundreds of tons of potent greenhouse gases were emitted to the atmosphere as a result of recreational flying to Super Bowl XLVIII. Many more hundreds of tons of greenhouse gases will undoubtedly be emitted by jet airplanes taking passengers from all over the world round-trip to the Olympic Games in Russia, which begin next week. Those greenhouse gas emissions, too, will remain in the atmosphere a century or more, heating the planet.

About Mike Neuman

Identical twin; Long-time advocate of protection of our environment; Married; Father to three sons; Grandfather to one granddaughter; Born and raised in Wisconsin; Graduate of University of Wisconsin; post graduate degrees in agricultural economics and Water Resources Management fro UWMadison; Former School Crossing Guard for City of Madison; Bike to Work for 31 years with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Retired from DNR in 2007; Biked to school crossing guard site 2 X daily for 7 years retiring in 2019; in addition to being an advocate of safeguarding our environment, I am also an advocate for humane treatment of animal, children, and people in need of financial resource for humane living. I am presently a Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Madison, Wisconsin. I oppose all long (>500 miles) distance travel (via fossil fuel burning) for nonessential purposes and all ownership of more than one home. I am opposed to militarism in any form particularly for the purpose of monetary gain. I am a Strong believer in people everywhere having the right to speak their minds openly, without any fear of reprisal, regarding any concerns; especially against those in authority who are not acting for the public good?in a timely fashion and in all countries of the world not just the U S.. My identical twin, Pat, died in June 2009. He was fired from his job with the National Weather Service despite having a long and successful career as a flood forecaster with the Kansas City National Weather Service. He took a new position in the Midwest Regional Office in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, Pat’s work for the NWS went sour after he began to see the evidence for concern about rising global temperatures shortly after relocating to Minneapolis, and how they appeared to effect of flooding on the Red River that flows out of Canada before entering the U.S. in North Dakota. . Pat and I conversed on a regular basis with other scientists on the Yahoo Group named “Climate Concern “ and by personal email. The NWS denied his recommendation to give his public presentation o n his research at the “Minneapolis Mall of America” in February 2000, which deeply affected h,im. I will h He strongly believed the information ought be shared with the public to which I concurred. That was the beginning of the vendetta against my brother, Patrick J. Neuman, for speaking strongly of the obligations the federal government was responsible for accurately informing the citizenry. A way great similar response to my raising the issue of too many greenhouse gases being emitted by drivers of vehicles on Wisconsin highway system, my immediate supervisors directed: “that neither global warming, climate change nor the long term impacts upon the natural resources of Wisconsin from expansion of the state highway system were to be any part of my job requirements, and that I must not communicate, nor in a memorandum to all the bureau, shall any person who works in the same bureau I do communicate with me, neither verbally on the phone, by email.

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