EU Green Flying Tax Will Isolate Europe
Posted by Tory Aardvark
On January 1st the EU started levying its Green flying tax on all flights in and out of the European Union.
Even before the Green tax, which will add £80 to airfares for a family of 4 flying to Florida, came into force there were signs of opposition from the USA, India and China from the outset has threatened a trade war.
There are an additional 40 countries all against the latest Green flying tax:
China’s four leading airlines have thrown down the gauntlet to the European Union by saying they will refuse to pay carbon charges levied under Europe’s emissions trading scheme.
The defiant message — which could lead to a ban from European airports — marks an escalation of resistance to the scheme, which came into effect this week and is also fiercely opposed by the United States.
Despite the growing threat of a trade war, Europe sees the cap-and-trade system for aviation emissions as a crucial tool for reducing greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
From 1 January, any airline using an airport in the EU is obliged to participate. But China’s leading aviation body said it will not. “China will not cooperate with the European Union on the ETS, so Chinese airlines will not impose surcharges on customers relating to the emissions tax,” said Cai Haibo, deputy secretary-general of the China Air Transport Association.
His organisation represents Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines, which fly millions of passengers to Europe each year.
Just what bankrupt Europe needs the loss of revenue from millions of passengers from Asia and a trade war with one of the largest economies, and that is before the USA and India take retaliatory measures.
China is not alone in its opposition. The US has also warned that it may retaliate and US Congressmen have drafted a bill that would make it illegal to comply with the EU policy. Qantas Airways of Australia has threatened to sue.
This is one Green tax that will be more damaging than the Green taxation that pays for wind and solar power, the flying tax will isolate Europe from the rest of the world, push up the cost of living on everything from holidays to imported goods and achieve absolutely nothing trying to solve a problem that does not exist.
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Posted on January 5, 2012, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climate Change, COP18, European Union and tagged China, EU Emissions Trading Scheme, EU Flying Tax, USA. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.