IT WAS TYPICAL OF THE UNSEEMLY WAR OF WORDS that has characterized Europe's debate over aviation's environmental impact. UK Science Minister Ian Pearson last year charged that "when it comes to climate change, Ryanair are not just the unacceptable face of capitalism, they are the irresponsible face of capitalism." CEO Michael O'Leary, never one to be shy, immediately fired back that Pearson was a "silly" man in league with "eco-lunatics," adding: "He hasn't a clue what he's talking about and ...

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