COP17 Rest Of The World And EU Clash Over EU Aviation Tax
Posted by Tory Aardvark
That home of Climate Religion the EU, the lair of Huhne and Hedegaard is set on a crash course with at the very least India and the United States over the Aviation Tax that the EUSSR plans to charge all flights that land and take off within the Eurozone.
India has already accused the EU of using Climate Religion to raise money, the United States has gone at lot further:
The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Monday against U.S. participation in the European Union’s costly emissions trading scheme (ETS) that would impose new emissions taxes on U.S. and other nations’ air carriers flying into and out of the EU.
The “European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011” (H.R. 2594) is bipartisan legislation that was introduced in the House by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL), Full Committee Ranking Democrat Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Tom Petri (R-WI), Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Democrat Jerry Costello (D-IL), Aviation Subcommittee Vice-Chair Chip Cravaack (R-MN), and other Members of the House. The bill passed the House overwhelmingly by voice vote.
“This appropriately named EU scheme is an arbitrary and unjust violation of international law that disadvantages U.S. air carriers, threatens U.S. aviation jobs, and could close down direct travel from many central and western U.S. airports to Europe,” Mica said. “Congress and the United States government will not support this ill-advised and illegal EU tax scheme.”
“Reducing aviation emissions is a goal that is worth pursuing, but the EU’s go-it-alone approach will fly in the face of the international community and is not the way to find an international solution to an international problem,” said Rahall. “Only through international dialogue will we reach consensus on how to deal with a global challenge, but I am confident that, if our European friends will act in good faith, we will more than rise to the occasion. For the meanwhile, this bill will protect U.S. airlines and all Americans who rely on them for travel and employment from the unjust effects of the EU’s plan.”
“The European Union is unilaterally attempting to impose an illegal scheme on American airlines,” said Petri (pictured). “This is unacceptable for all sorts of reasons. The money the EU is attempting to extract from our airlines would come at the expense of our much-needed investments in ‘NextGen’ technologies to upgrade our air traffic control system, and the purchasing of new aircraft – just two proven methods of improving environmental performance. If the EU gets away with this unilateral scheme, what’s to stop them from imposing all sorts of new ‘eco-charges’ on other activities outside the EU? And we don’t even have a guarantee that the fees will be used to benefit the environment.”
“The EU’s approach on emission controls is misguided and illegal,” said Costello. “With today’s vote the House of Representatives joins the Obama administration, other EU member states and affected countries, and our domestic aviation industry in opposing the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme. Instead of this unilateral approach, the EU should work with us through the International Civil Aviation Organization to craft a plan that is fair and effective.”
“An arbitrary and unjust violation of international law” proving once again that nothing will stand in the way of Climate Religion zealots.
The EU Emissions Trading scheme has been a disaster, rife with corruption and subject to cyber attacks that knocked the computer systems out for weeks.
The US and India are just the tip of the iceberg as the ever growing list of countries that object to the EU aviation tax shows:
There is growing international opposition to the ETS. Other nations that have voiced opposition include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, 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).
Even EU Member States, including Italy, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, and Spain, are calling for postponement of the EU ETS due to confusion over its implementation and opposition and potential retaliation from other nations.
Rest assured Attila the Huhnatic will be screaming for even tougher targets.
It is amusing to see the host nation for the Climate Religion synod objecting to a tax that would be adored by all the disciples attending COP17.
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Posted on December 7, 2011, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climate Change, Global Warming, Green Lies, Green Taxation, Wealth Redistribution and tagged ETS, EU Aviation Tax, EU Flying Tax. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.