Instead of gas-guzzling jets and trucks, which also release lots of greenhouse gases, the next transportation vehicle for goods AND people may be an updated version of the old-fashioned blimp or helium balloon.Whitley Strieber’s novel The Grays features a classified military aircraft of this type.

In the June 30th edition of the Guardian, Juliette Jowit quotes researcher David King as saying, “There are an awful lot of people we talk to who say this is going to happen. This is something I believe is going to happen.” In Europe 22% of greenhouse gases are from transportation, compared with 28% from heat and electricity, 21% from industry and construction and 9% each from agriculture and homes.

This wouldn’t work for goods that have to get somewhere quickly (but then trucks don’t arrive very quickly either). But agricultural products could definitely be shipped this way: A recent report showed that a blimp could carry twice the weight of strawberries from Spain to the UK as a standard cargo plane, with a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, not to mention eliminating jet fuel costs.

Whitley once met a mysterious man in a hotel room in Toronto who had a lot of important things to say about the environment–things which led to his writing the book that was made into the film The Day After Tomorrow–(and about other things as well). Among the things he said were: “Mankind is trapped. I want to help you spring the trap.” “The veil between the worlds can fall. The undiscovered country can become your backyard.” “Your destiny, each of you, is to become all of God.” Help us keep the truth alive: subscribe today!

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