Skip to comments.EU plays down financial impact of carbon tax on airlines
Posted on 04/08/2012 4:16:46 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The EU's climate commissioner played down the impact of the controversial carbon tax being imposed by the bloc on airlines, saying Friday it would cost less than a cup of coffee per passenger.
With the tax, sharply criticized by China and the United States, "a flight from Beijing to Frankfurt for example will cost around an extra two euros per passenger," Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard told the French daily Les Echos.
"In other words, an amount less than that of a cup of coffee at the airport," she added.
With the dispute intensifying over the tax, Hedegaard said it was important to keep a sense of proportion.
The carbon tax imposed on airlines by the European Union came into effect on January 1, but carriers will begin receiving bills only in 2013 after this year's carbon emissions have been assessed.
Hedegaard's cost estimate was considerably lower than previous Commission estimates that it prompt carriers to add between 4 and 24 ($5.25 and $31.50) to the price of a round-trip long-haul flight.
More than two dozen countries, including China, Russia and the United States, have opposed the EU move, saying it violates international law.
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How about the carbon footprints to make the cup itself, having the coffee processed, packed then shipped around the world?
Europe is still a feudalist society. The thug overseer class simply invents fake "threats" to scare the little people into handing over cash to them, so they can live like kings.
That's all this is.
Right out of the DNC playbook.
Be damned the unlawfulness of it, focus on the (for starters) minimal cost per person.
BINGO! That’s why it’s called the Carbon Trading SCHEME.
He’s making a coffee analogy. He should examine what a little dispute over tea cost Britain.
-— Hedegaard’s cost estimate was considerably lower than previous Commission estimates that it prompt carriers to add between 4 and 24 ($5.25 and $31.50) to the price of a round-trip long-haul flight. -—
So, the “tax imposed on airlines” is meant to be passed along to consumers. Why don’t they just have the balls to tax the citizens upfront? I wonder.
Several countries/airlines have flat-out said they will not pay it, EU is facing a Messican stand-off.
Time to stock up on popcorn.
The foreign airline’s gripe is that instead of paying only for the length of the flight in EU airspace, it applies to the ENTIRE length from takeoff. So a 10,000 mile flight that only flies 200 miles in EU airspace pays for the entire 10,000 miles. Sorta like paying a toll bridge rate for a cross-country trip.
Then they won’t mind if we impose reciprocal tariffs on EU airlines to recover the cost of those taxes and rebate them to our airlines.
We need more carbon dioxide emissions to ward off the coming ice age.
Yet another big, steaming pile of globaloney, with a hefty price tag to boot...
Thank you so much, nattering nabobs of nonsense!
They aren’t incompetent; merely corrupt. (And that’s understated.) Ambitious too, otherwise they wouldn’t be trying to tax the world in such a bold fashion.
“The EU bureaucracy will see virtually all of this money.”
There won’t be all that much of it, with significant chunks of the (rapidly developing) world giving them the bird.
Which we should do.
FYI: Friend went thru Amsterdam in 1996 & had a small layover. Bought cup of coffee....$4 per cup & NO REFILLS!!! 1996!!
...Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard...
Would fit in nicely with Hitler.
It’s only a couple of Euros today ... and merely four euros next week, if you’ll pay two now ... and merely eight euros the week after, if you’ll pay four ....
Thats nice,,,but i’d rather have the coffee,,