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EU plays down financial impact of carbon tax on airlines
EU Business News ^ | 06 April 2012, 17:00 CET | (Via AFP)

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. …

(Excerpt) Read more at eubusiness.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: airlines; carbontax; europeanunion; taxtheworld
Anyone believe that the commissioner's telling the truth? Nope, didn't think so myself . . .
1 posted on 04/08/2012 4:17:00 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

How about the carbon footprints to make the cup itself, having the coffee processed, packed then shipped around the world?


2 posted on 04/08/2012 4:20:51 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Olog-hai
The EU bureaucracy will see virtually all of this money.

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.

3 posted on 04/08/2012 4:21:11 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: bruinbirdman

Ping.


4 posted on 04/08/2012 4:21:53 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Olog-hai
"In other words, an amount less than that of a cup of coffee at the airport," she added.

Right out of the DNC playbook.

Be damned the unlawfulness of it, focus on the (for starters) minimal cost per person.

5 posted on 04/08/2012 4:24:35 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Regulator

BINGO! That’s why it’s called the Carbon Trading SCHEME.


6 posted on 04/08/2012 4:31:35 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: Olog-hai

He’s making a coffee analogy. He should examine what a little dispute over tea cost Britain.


7 posted on 04/08/2012 4:32:43 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: EGPWS
"In other words, an amount less than that of a cup of coffee at the airport," she added.

That means nothing. The price of coffee can range from a cup at a vending machine to a giant cup of Starbucks fare.
8 posted on 04/08/2012 4:35:24 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Olog-hai

-— 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.


9 posted on 04/08/2012 4:35:33 PM PDT by running_dog_lackey
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To: Olog-hai
EU is struggling to avoid having to fold on this horrible tax.

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.

10 posted on 04/08/2012 4:44:36 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: Olog-hai

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.


11 posted on 04/08/2012 4:52:54 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: Regulator

Correct


12 posted on 04/08/2012 4:58:42 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Olog-hai

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.


13 posted on 04/08/2012 5:02:29 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Olog-hai
The alleged purpose of the tax is to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions by airlines. They would do that by flying less. If the tax would have no impact on airlines — why bother with it in the first place? The Eurocrats are either lying (likely), or they're completely incompetent for imposing a tax that will have no effect (this can't be ruled out either).
14 posted on 04/08/2012 5:22:04 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Olog-hai

We need more carbon dioxide emissions to ward off the coming ice age.


15 posted on 04/08/2012 5:28:27 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Olog-hai

Yet another big, steaming pile of globaloney, with a hefty price tag to boot...

Thank you so much, nattering nabobs of nonsense!


16 posted on 04/08/2012 5:29:22 PM PDT by MarineDad (Wherever mosques and JDAM's meet, civilization benefits)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

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.


17 posted on 04/08/2012 5:30:22 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Regulator

“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.


18 posted on 04/08/2012 5:35:51 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Olog-hai
In short, when the Europeans find out the hard way why Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines have signed for a BIG Boeing 747-8I/777-300ER/787 order very soon, the EU is going to regret this.
19 posted on 04/08/2012 5:41:17 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Olog-hai

FYI: Friend went thru Amsterdam in 1996 & had a small layover. Bought cup of coffee....$4 per cup & NO REFILLS!!! 1996!!


20 posted on 04/08/2012 5:49:40 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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Click


21 posted on 04/08/2012 6:04:01 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: Olog-hai

...Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard...

Would fit in nicely with Hitler.


22 posted on 04/08/2012 6:45:50 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Olog-hai

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 ....


23 posted on 04/08/2012 7:40:47 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: Olog-hai

Thats nice,,,but i’d rather have the coffee,,


24 posted on 04/08/2012 9:13:25 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for officeoffI)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Bookmark


25 posted on 04/08/2012 9:15:00 PM PDT by Publius6961 (A)
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