Here is the letter Sky News:
To reduce carbon emissions, France has banned short-haul flights where people can take the train instead.France bans short-haul flights to combat climate change” (May 24).
France’s great 19ThEconomist of the century Frédéric Bastiat describes the reduction of carbon emissions as “the visible”. Bastiat also blames the French government for ignoring the invisible Here, while this ban on short-haul flights encourages more people to travel by train, it also encourages more people to drive. Because it’s driving. Far away Even more dangerous than flying, this ban over time kills or injures more people while traveling.
While the French government is in a fever to demonstrate environmental protection, it certainly hasn’t done the significant damage of banning short-haul flights. It’s too bad that Bastiat didn’t manage to criticize the government for this insidious ban.
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair in the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030
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