A few months ago, we were planning to go from Boston to Washington DC. We had to make the choice: drive or fly? Flying was clearly the quicker choice, but what about the eco-friendliness of it?
After some research, driving was the greener choice for us. If you drive a car that gets over 25 miles per gallon, driving generates fewer greenhouse gases than on a plane. We drive a hybrid, so there was no question about what was the more environmentally-friendly choice. So off we drove, from Boston to DC!
On TheDailyGreen, it says that flying from San Francisco to Boston would generate roughly 1,300 kilograms of greenhouse gases per passenger one way, as opposed to driving, which would account for only 930 kilograms per vehicle. Of course, driving cross country isn't usually doable, but for shorter distances (i.e, San Francisco to LA or Boston to Philadelphia) it makes more sense to drive. Grist also says that short-haul flights are particularly bad because take-off and landing use the most fuel in a flight.... read more