EU Flying Tax – The Return Of The Green Albatross
Posted by Tory Aardvark
On January 1st 2012 the EU’s Green tax on flying became law, from the outset there was global opposition to the tax which is part of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
Despite claims to the contrary by the usual Green suspects and Comrade Connie Hedegaard there is no global support for a Green tax on flying, China has threatened a Trade War over the tax, and the followed the threat up by freezing orders for Airbus aircraft worth US$ 14bn.
China was not the only voice of opposition to the Green tax, in the USA the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly against participation in the EU scheme, India instructed it’s airlines not to submit Carbon Tax Data to the EU. That was just the tip of the iceberg, there was strong opposition from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Paraguay, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and the member States of the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC)
Then last November in the biggest Green climb down so far Comrade Connie was forced to suspend the Green flying tax for 12 months:
The EU’s climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard said at a hastily-arranged news conference that she had just recommended in a phone conversation with the 27 EU nations that the tax be suspended in the interests of negotiating a global CO2 deal.
The suspension of the EU’s emissions trading system, or ETS, would affect flights “to and from non-European countries”, she said.
Hedegaard said she had proposed “stopping the clock for one year” on the hotly contested tax following signs of a move towards a global deal, or “market based mechanism”, at a general meeting on Friday of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
“Now it seems that because of some countries’ dislike of our scheme many countries are prepared to move in ICAO,” she said. The EU tax is to be frozen until after the next ICAO general assembly in autumn 2013.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is yet another UN organization and Hedegaard must have known there was about as much chance of ICAO securing a deal, as there was of anything concrete coming out of COP18 in Doha.
Well the 12 months and the Green Albatross of the flying tax is about to return home:
That year is almost up.
ICAO makes its decisions in its Assembly meeting every three years. The next one is this week. This is where a deal must be struck if the EU is to be expected to permanently amend the scheme.
The major objection to the EU scheme used by most countries is the issue of sovereignty:
The argument is that because the EU accounts for all the carbon on a flight from Brussels to New York, right up until the wheels hit the runway at JFK, the EU has violated international law by regulating outside its jurisdiction.
However, the Court of Justice of the European Union looked into this claim and declared that the EU act was legal and did not interfere with any country’s sovereignty.
The EU regulation could be seen as over-reach (in the political sense) because the EU regulates all emissions both to and from its territory.
There was talk of amending the scheme to only cover departing flights, and allow other countries to tax other legs of the flight, not surprisingly there were no other countries interested in further wrecking their economies with pointless Green taxation.
Thus, unfortunately it seems that the EU is becoming increasingly isolated with most countries forming the consensus, steered by the US, that the EU should only regulate the carbon emitted by planes within EU airspace.
At first blush the EU only regulating within EU airspace seems reasonable. Until you look at the environmental effects: even if every country in the world accounted for all emissions in their airspace, only 22% of global aviation emissions would be regulated.
The financially weak European Union cannot afford a trade war with the rest of the world, the most likely outcome when ICAO fails to reach an agreement on anything, is that either an extremely diluted version of the Green flying tax will be implemented, or more sensibly the whole stupid idea will be consigned to the trash can of Green history.
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Posted on September 2, 2013, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Carbon trading, Church Of Climatology, Climate Change, Global Warming, Green Environmental Holocaust, Green Lies and tagged Connie Hedegaard, EU Emissions Trading Scheme, EU Flying Tax. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.