Sat, Jan 07, 2012
Says A Ban Of Airliners Would Be A 'Last Resort'
The latest salvo in the sabre-rattling over the EU-ETS comes
from the European Commission, which said Thursday that airlines who
do not account for their emissions under the newly-imposed
cap-and-trade scheme could be banned from landing at European
Many non-European nations, including the U.S. and China, have
expressed strong opposition to the unilateral imposition of what
amounts to a carbon tax on their airlines. The initiative went into
effect January 1st.
According to a report in the New York Times, Isaac
Valero-Ladron, the commission’s spokesman for climate action,
said on Thursday at a news conference in Brussels that a ban would
be a "last resort" based on "continued noncompliance." He said he
was confident that airlines would fall into line, as the penalties
for not paying the tax are higher than the tax its self.
In the U.S., the House has passed a bill prohibiting U.S.
flagged airliners from paying the carbon tax, and a similar bill is
pending in the U.S. Senate. However, some U.S. airlines have
already announced a surcharge on international fares to cover the
cost of the carbon credits.
No carbon permits must be produced for the EU until the end of
April, 2013, which still leaves a lot of time for negotiation and
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