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#1 This one bears close watching. Will the rest of the world force the EU to put commercial interests ahead of environmental interests? If so, then the issue might set the high water mark for hysterical environmental psuedo-science.
#2 This could lead to a major trade war. Imagine if Uncle Sam decide to impose a tax on EU airlines equal to the amount levied on American airlines. And other countries took the same action to recover fees imposed on their national airlines.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2012-03-09 00:20||
#3 This is yet another reason that any GOP candidate is preferable to Obama - a GOP prez would probably coordinate retaliatory action with the rest of the world.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2012-03-09 00:21||
#4 this will give the EU the excuse it needs to back out of their policy
tom friedman will ignore it and praise China anyway
obama will blame Bush or big oil; whatever
Posted by Lord Garth 2012-03-09 00:32||
#5 But in December, the European Court of Justice ruled that the EU levy on CO2 pollution from aircraft was legal. No air carrier will face a bill until 2013 after this year's carbon emissions have been tallied.
Gee, I wonder if the cost of flying will go up?
It's not a "levy", it's a tax, one designed to give the taxers more money to spend while discouraging air transportation.
The elities will still have to fly to carbon conferences, of course, because the cost is picked up by the taxpayers.
Posted by Bobby 2012-03-09 06:14||
#6 The hidden factor behind this is that this tax was a barely concealed effort to create an "international tax", which internationalists have been clamoring for, for years.
They lust for an international tax on *anything*, so that it would not be controlled by individual nations more than willing to close the money spigot. As things are now, the money always comes with strings attached, and they hate this.
Other proposals along this line are an international financial transaction tax, or just taxes on international currency transactions, an international tax on aviation fuel, a tax on airline tickets, carbon use taxes, including a 4.8-cent tax on each gallon of gasoline, an international shipping tax, and other taxes on an extensive range of transactions, goods and services.
And of course, an international tax to pay for the United Nations, and an independent UN military, to give food to the world's poor, for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), to support the IMF and World Bank, to pay for the Kyoto and related treaties,
and, rather blatantly, "internationalism" itself.
And the OECD and UN are already using US money to lobby congress to create such taxes. Which is unlawful for anyone else to do.
Posted by Anonymoose 2012-03-09 09:45||
#7 Oh, and this is far from an inclusive list. Just after writing it, I have remembered several more such schemes, such as funding major initiatives by the World Health Organization, major "world cultural" (think mosque) preservation and restoration, and real insidious ones like funding for "Agenda 21" and other such insane tyrannies.
These people obviously have nothing productive or creative to do, so they spend all their time trying to persuade others to make them wealthy and powerful.
Posted by Anonymoose 2012-03-09 09:50||