Is there anything that the rich and venal won’t do to stave off limits on jet flights? The new scam is a discussion of laundering the fossil fuels through “biofuels” …

Yeah, it’s not enough that we’re going to starve people and destroy the “last six inches of topsoil in Iowa” to propel SUVs … now we have to add jets to the mix. With creative accounting (and ignoring that jets pump tons of water vapor into the atmosphere [_at a level_] where it has no natural presence) we can all pretend that we’re “reducing” the environmental cost of flying.

All donations matched! Reader support helps sustain our work. Donate today to keep our climate news free.

And, wait for it, the hallmark of the feel good story, designed to reassure the readers that they can go back to sleep, nothing has to change:

In an interview last fall, the center’s associate director told The Herald that researchers there also are exploring jet fuel made from “home grown” crops — a technology thought to be ready in the not too distant future.

Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.