The volcanic ash aviation crisis shows that there are only two ways we should be using oil – in petrochemicals and in jet fuel, said Jonathon Porritt, UK veteran green campaigner in a debate on BBC’s PM programme, I heard on my car radio as I drove home this evening.
Porritt, founder and director of the charity Forum for the Future, as well as former director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90) and co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member, said that:
We will start to distinguish pretty soon between the really foolish uses of fossil fuels that we’ve become too used to. So for instance, putting oil in our cars. We’ve got far better ways of doing ground based transportation than using oil.
And the really precious uses. And those precious uses are in fact only twofold really: one is as a feedstock into the chemical industry and the other is as the principal source of jet fuel, aviation fuel.
And I do agree that society will come to judge these two things as being infinitely more important than any other use of oil and that we will then begin to recognise the true value of using our diminishing oil supplies for that purpose.
Click here to hear all 6 mins of Porritt on the PM programme (select 1 hour 47 mins)