Skip to comments.Chinese airlines warn they will refuse to pay EU carbon tax
Posted on 01/05/2012 10:44:53 PM PST by Olog-hai
China's biggest airlines warned on Thursday they will refuse to pay a new EU tax aimed at cutting carbon emissions.
Beijing said it has deep concerns over the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which came into force on New year's Day and demands all airlines pay a green duty to offset carbon emissions.
"China opposes the European Union's unilateral legislation. China has expressed to the EU our deep concern and opposition many times on a bilateral level," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.
"The CATA, on behalf of Chinese airlines, is strongly against the EU's improper practice of unilaterally forcing international airlines into its ETS," CATA spokesman Cai Haibo said.
"If governments like the US, China and Russia can launch strong and forceful retaliatory measures, this will form enormous pressure and we hope could make the EU to change its mind."
The European Commission has assessed the impact on air fares at between 2 to 12 per passenger.
But the Chinese airlines' association said if its members agreed to pay the charge, it will cost them £79 million in the first year alone with estimated costs tripling by 2020.
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What’s Al Gore going to do now? He really needed that money to buy Tipper a pony.
Hey... China gets one right.
I’m still trying to figure out how paying money “offsets” carbon in the atmosphere especially when it already comprimises a zero point zero percentage such as CO2 which only makes up 0.04%. If they “offset” it anymore to 0.02% plants start dying then all life except for Al Gore because he is a God. What do they do, send up trillions of carbon eating nanobots? Do they join togther and make a salute sign and say “Reporting for duty” like John Kerry before they start?
Those EUnuchs have not been trying to strongarm US airlines into paying their stupid tax, have they?
Of course they have - thier highest court even ruled recently that the airlines miust comply ....
Yes they have. The EU’s top court, the so-called “Court of Justice” ruled against the USA already (back before Christmas) in a suit brought to stop the airline carbon tax.
Some Republican’s in Congress should show as much spine.
Tipper is no longer a going concern of his, unless a pony was part of the divorce settlement.
Apparently the airlines of a Communist nation are now one of the few willing to say no to the corrupt alliance of Big Enviro and Big Government. Incredible.
China will fight this Euro tax scam and win. Meanwhile, Delta will charge its passengers more per ticket to pay it. No one should fly Delta.
China could refuse to fly to Briton and refuse flights from Briton. Problem solved for now.
‘China could refuse to fly to Briton and refuse flights from Briton. Problem solved for now.’
Um, where is “Briton” and what has it got to do with this story?
Just woke up. Britain or UK take your pick.
After you shoot two or three down they’ll pay!
I don’t think that China will put up with the NWO banks telling them what to do. China is building to be much more agressive. World War is coming soon.
Just wondered why you focused on Britain and not the other 26 EU countries really?
Hopefully we’ll soon be able to describe the UK as an ex-EU country soon! :D
The rest of the world—like China, should tell the EU to shove their tax up their rectum.