Aviation is one of the fastest growing sectors of greenhouse gas emissions. But so far, there are no commercially operated electric planes that could turn that back. CNBC looks into how that could soon change, but that could come with its own dystopian future of urban air taxis and more commuter flight travel.

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.