Skip to comments.India may retaliate in carbon tax row [EU-mandated Global Tax]
Posted on 05/26/2012 3:16:15 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
NEW DELHI: India said it may stop European carriers from flying into the country if the European Union bans airlines from the South Asian nation that boycott the EU's new emissions fee system.
"We will take retaliatory actions to counter steps taken by the EU. If Europe bans our carriers we will ban theirs as well," the senior government official, who did not want to be named, told reporters late Friday.
The EU in mid-May gave India and China a month to comply with the airline carbon emissions fee system across the 27-nation bloc, or face penalties for flights into and out of Europe. EU Commissioner for Climate Change Connie Hedegaard said all EU airlines and "nearly all" world airlines had agreed to hand over emissions data required under the controversial carbon levy that took effect on January 1.
"There has been a very, very high level of compliance... the only exception is Chinese and Indian carriers," she said earlier this month. While some 1,200 airlines have complied with the EU requirements, eight Chinese and two Indian airlines representing less than three per cent of aviation emissions in the bloc have refused. Unilateral trade
India and China have attacked the EU scheme, calling it a unilateral trade levy disguised as an attempt to fight climate change. India in April barred its airlines from complying with the EU carbon fee, joining China in resistance. The EU says the tax aims to help it achieve a goal of cutting emissions by 20 per cent by 2020 and has said no airline will face a bill until 2013 after this year's carbon emissions have been tallied.
It says the cost for the airlines is manageable, calculating that the scheme could force the carriers to add between 4 (Dh18.39) and 24 to the price of a long-haul round-trip. European authorities have warned that the Chinese and Indian carriers could face penalties if they fail to submit data by an extended deadline of June 15.
European authorities said that, as a final measure, banning repeat offenders could be considered.
India and China, the last bastions of freedom. If the Ex-Patriot act doesn’t imprison me here I may apply for asylum.
Other than greed, there is no scientific basis to justify the new emissions fee.
Extortion by any other name...
>The EU in mid-May gave India and China a month to comply
You Vill comply schweinhund!
Coming from the continent that gave us 300 million dead, 2 world wars, Communism, Socialism, & Fascism all in one century.
I note that they do not state the the US refuses to pay as well, and will bring a complaint to the WTO if enforced.
The EU is a moral superpower, so what if the is coming apart they will dictate this global warming BS to others. Or try to
the environmentalist should welcome it, it means less plane travel thus less pollution. Ban away