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billp37   8/16/2011 12:04:40 AM
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krisi   7/15/2011 3:04:13 PM
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Oil is still very cheap. In my local grocery store in Vancouver most veggies are from California, some like grapes or apples frequently come from far away places like Chile or New Zeeland. So we are far away from reversing the trend of globalization. Once I see local apples here it will start happening...and people will continue flying in higher numbers, adjusted for inflation the air ticket is cheaper than it was 20 years ago, again the ticket price will have to double in few years to reverse that trend, possible but not likely...Kris

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KB3001   7/14/2011 7:40:15 PM
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That is a good point but the harm airplanes do to the atmosphere is higher!

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KB3001   7/14/2011 7:38:59 PM
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I second that. Most cars I see on the highway have a single person in them!

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KB3001   7/14/2011 7:35:24 PM
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My American friends would say that's because European airlines are subsidised by their governments :-0

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KB3001   7/14/2011 7:32:32 PM
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I do not think the situation is as dramatic as the article portrays. Yes, air travel is getting more expensive but we will adapt to this trend with time. Alternative fuels will be developed and we will find more efficient ways to communicate and transport goods around the world. For example, I am not too keen on fruits and vegetables being flown away from the other side of the world to my local supermarket. This is a waste that could easily be avoided. Also, politicians should steer away from centralised schemes and a adopt a localisation agenda in every walk of life. If that is the result of the current energy crisis, then it would have been a blessing in disguise IMHO.

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TLB   7/14/2011 6:21:51 PM
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MClayton, are you really Jimmie Carter? I lived through that age and I don't buy those lies anymore. Yes we are depleting finite resources, let them deplete. Necessity is the mother of invention.

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Greggg   7/14/2011 5:47:47 PM
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How about the idea that airlines are poorly run, and driven into unprofitability by the very same incompetent boardroom douchebags who regularily run previously profitable electronics companies into the ground,combined with a airport service infrastucture like a grasping, over-taxing government. Not much to do with the cost of fuel-IMHO-- today, I saw you can fly from London, UK to Rome or Barcelona for 80$. but Vancouver to Toronto- 800!!Go figure.

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MClayton0   7/13/2011 7:29:52 PM
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Air freight costs move heavy stuff to boats and Air people costs move unnecesary flyers to Live Meeting on web. Life adapts. Electronics moves from engine controllers to internet and moblie device controllers. Technology evolves faster than people. But oil is running out fast compared to demand, with crossover of curves by 2016 no matter what happens in new oil finds or biofuel or CNG substitution or fuel cells or nuclear power. Get ready for that.

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Etmax   7/13/2011 3:06:56 PM
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I believe the rise in the oil price is a saviour for economies such as the US. You know oil is way too low when a company can afford to fly parts to Singapore, do an assembly operation, fly the assembly to Mexico complete the build and then fly it to the US for global distribution. I worked for a company that did this very thing. When Oil hits $150 a barrel we will still be able to afford to fly overseas on holidays once a year, it will just be a bit more expensive. The thing where it will be noticed more is in the daily commute which is an almost daily occurrence, and all of a sudden my opening example won't be a viable thing and local production will set in with all of the environmental and employment benefits. As others have said airfares aren't really expensive considering how infrequently most of us have to pay them. I also don't see how fuel costs render an airline unprofitable, if ALL airlines need fuel (I'm sure they do) they are all equally affected by that cost and can all pass that cost on. The price goes up a little, but it's still damned cheap compared to the 1970's when fuel was cents per gallon. Okay, so usage will drop, so their market will shrink somewhat but with local jobs opening up it will only represent a shift, not a collapse in employment.

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