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Flight Attendants: Climate Change Is Putting Our Lives in Danger

Flight Attendants: Climate Change Is Putting Our Lives in Danger
Jackie Reddy

Sara Nelson, the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), has voiced her union’s support for the Green New Deal. Far from threatening jobs, she states that, if left unchecked, climate change is something that will devastate the environment and aviation.

Sara Nelson, the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), has written of the organization’s support for the Green New Deal in an essay. Seeking to allay fears among those in the industry that this stimulus package will threaten jobs, she writes, “It’s not the solutions to climate change that kills jobs. Climate change itself is the job killer.”

Speaking of the link between climate change and the number of ever-increasing severe turbulence incidents – and most specifically, Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) – Nelson writes that this phenomenon presents a threat to onboard safety as well as to the wider economy and environment.

“As extreme weather events become more common, more and more flights never take off at all. Grounded flights mean lost pay for flight attendants, who earn an hourly wage while we’re in the air,” she explains.

Nelson adds, “Flight attendants’ jobs and lives are in danger if we don’t put a stop to this. But we also know the threat is far bigger than just aviation. If we don’t act swiftly, it will ground aviation and hurt the global community.”

Whether through technological advances that cut emissions or through implementing standards that bring it in-line with the Paris Agreement, the aviation industry, she goes on to say, has long been committed to reducing its environmental impact.

She entreats unions to support the package, saying, “Our federal government must spearhead a national mobilization that brings these efforts together, harnesses American ingenuity, creates millions of well-paying union jobs, and saves the planet for our children. That is the vision of the Green New Deal resolution.”

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  1. tayfor2011

    April 22, 2019 at 10:50 am

    What an idiot, she is dumber than AOC.

  2. job4travel

    April 22, 2019 at 11:03 am

    First – the “human caused C02 forced global warming theory (known as AGW), if valid, would actually decrease clear air turbulence (CAT) because thermal discontinuity, both vertically and horizontally would be weakened. The AGW theory postulates that warming will be greater to the middle and upper troposphere and northern latitudes. This would greatly reduce instances of strong horizontal and vertical wind shears aloft that are responsible for CAT.

    Second – there has been absolutely no statistically significant change in the number of “extreme weather events” anywhere. In fact, in North America, there has been a long-term decrease in the number of tornado/lightning strikes and, until last year, the USA went an unprecedented 14 years without a major hurricane making landfall on its continental shores.

    Third, the AGW theory, if valid, would actually decrease the occurrences of severe weather because thermal discontinuity, both vertically and horizontally would be weakened thus reducing the potential for these storms.

  3. sfoeuroflyer

    April 22, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    This moron should stick to asking “would you like coffee or tea”.

  4. OZFLYER86

    April 22, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    climate change ? Seriously. No one with any intelligence believes that rubbish.

  5. In2ishn

    April 22, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Sigh. As in most publications the comments section truly represents the epitome of the Dunning-Kruger Effect

  6. CaptHolic

    April 23, 2019 at 3:54 am

    Are we there yet?
    Can’t we just fast forward 200 years so everyone can finally stop talking about climate change?
    Ok… it happened… It wasn’t as bad as the fear mongers projected, now lets all move inland 20 vertical feet to the new coast and cont wasting our lives immersed in the fake news we love to hate…

  7. fotographer

    April 23, 2019 at 4:30 am

    enough already with this climate change garbage…

  8. htb

    April 23, 2019 at 5:11 am

    @ln2ishn: thank you! The level of “I know it better than those seriously studying the subject matter” is truly frightening. There really might be another term for the king of the hill.

  9. OUTraveling

    April 23, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    I am sure she will be please when the economy crashes when we spend the 90 trillion or so needed to the supposed implementation of the GND.

  10. SpartyAir

    April 23, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    htb.. The ones who are really studying the subject matter are the ones who know the truth that climate changer advocates are spouting all the lies and scaring people with exaggerated predictions. The climate changers want government money, government intervention in everything in life and globalism government, and they will do anything they can to attain their objective. The climate has been changing from cooler to hotter and back to cooler etc. since the beginning of time and it was happening before man lived on this earth. The truly frightening thing is the that the climate changer advocates will turn this world back into feudalism with an elite cabal ruling over the mass of serfs.

  11. Meltemi

    April 24, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Climate change is settled science. The Pentagon recognizes it as a major threat to national security. Worldwide high temperature events are increasingly more frequent, CO2-induced acidification is causing destruction of coral reefs, polar icecaps are melting at an increasingly rapid rate, and the thawing of tundras, which will release even more CO2 and methane are some of the major effects that are occurring now. A graph of average temperatures, that shows a much more rapid increase over last few hundred years and is making new highs that would look great as a stock chart but in fact spells disaster for our kids and grandkids. Unlike the other warming events in earth’s history, there are NO natural events to explain this. It’s man-made

    CaptHolic,around half the US population lives in coastal zones. What do you thinks happens to our economy as the the coasts are threatened. A 20 ft rise puts Mar el Lago under 4 feet of water Maybe you have a spare room for some us, or at least the Trumps?

    Please, you all, take another look at this. This is serious and real issue. If you’re still scoffing, Google the Dunning-Kruger effect ( I had to )

  12. OUTraveling

    April 24, 2019 at 10:03 am

    A 20 foot rise in ocean levels is not probably by 2100 using the worst case models At worst we are looking at about 2 six feet probably 3 ft. This hyperbole of a 20 foot is just Al Gore Propaganda 2.0 .

  13. edyang

    April 24, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Didn’t the Green New Deal call for migrating from air travel to rail? Do the FAs realize they are calling for the abolishing of their own jobs?

  14. htb

    April 24, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    @SpartyAir: The real danger are people believing in these convenient lies you’re propagating. They stop any effort to mitigate the dangers in its roots.

  15. SportDiver

    May 7, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Climate change has become the “true religion” among millennials.

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