By Katherine A. Bechina, John C. Nettels, and Brett A. Shanks

The commercial aviation industry touches human life in many ways. In 2015, United States-based air carriers transported nearly 800 million domestic and international passengers within the United States (up 4.7% from 2014). That same year, a total of about 100 million passengers traveled to and from the United States on foreign carriers (up 7.4% from 2014). In addition, the aviation industry generates a large amount of revenue. If the aviation industry itself were a country, “it would rank 21st in the world in terms of . . . GDP, generating $664 billion of GDP per year,” and aviation will likely add $1 trillion to global GDP by 2026. However, such financial success does affect the global environment. Internationally, the aviation industry produces about 2% of all “human-induced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions” and is responsible for “12% of CO2 emissions from all transports sources.”

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Recommended Citation
Katherine A. Bechina, et al., The EPA’s Endangerment Finding on Aircraft Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Preliminary Analysis, 82 J. Air L. & Com. 471 (2017)