Commentary

February 2008 Issue

Letters: 02/08

In his editorial in the January 2008 issue, Paul Bertorelli asks us to look at 100LL "rationally" and then follows with "avgas represents such a tiny slice of the world’s refined fuel supplies that the volume of lead is miniscule." I suggest that it is therefore irrational for anybody to spend as much as a femtosecond worrying about the environmental effects of the tetraethyl lead from 100LL. So right off the bat, we’re trying to please irrational people. I further suggest that these same irrational people will not be appeased by a switch from low lead to no lead, because of the man-made global warming implications of using any carbon-based fuel. The miniscule amount of CO2 produced by general aviation piston aircraft is no more a man-made global warming hazard than the lead from 100LL, but we’ve already conceded that none of the debate is rational in the first place, right?

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