21 Mar '12, 6pm
There are about 4,000 regular plane commuters now, accounting for more than 1,000 tons of carbon weekly:
An increasing number of people are commuting to New York jobs from hundreds of miles away or even the other side of the country, according to WNYC’s Transportation Nation. There are about 4,000 regular plane commuters, accounting for more than 1,000 tons of carbon every week. Has nobody told these people about the internet? “What we’re seeing is the collapse of a region’s boundaries,” said Mitchell Moss, the director of the Rudin Center, a New York University transportation think tank. “Distance has been overcome.” Indeed it has — you can talk to someone else like they’re in the same room, using only a free chat program on your computer! Or, you know, you can spend hundreds of dollars and hundreds of pounds of carbon carting them around the country, because surely that’s easier than firing up Skype. Oh wait, no, they do know about Skype — they just think it’s a program you...