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Pie in the sky


I agree very much with Barbara Young's comments about the State of the Nation (NCE last week).

Richard Lambert's remarks about 'soundbites' and the need for more research on the environmental effects of air travel are nonsense. We already know the effect of excessive ying with present technology on the upper atmosphere.

It is completely wrong to call for increasing the already high taxes on road traffic while ignoring the burgeoning growth of commercial flying. Predict and provide for airports is not on.

How about designing planes that burn hydrogen and can use shorter runways?

John Gray (M) Warwickshire, jericgray@hotmail. com

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