Monday, September 24, 2012

US to Europe: our airlines won't obey your tax laws

The EU is trying to take the high road on pollution, but the US insists on the low road:
The Senate unanimously passed a bill on Saturday that would shield U.S. airlines from paying for their carbon emissions on European flights, pressuring the European Union to back down from applying its emissions law to foreign carriers.
...Republican Senator John Thune, a sponsor of the measure, said it sent a "strong message" to the EU that it cannot impose taxes on the United States. 
The aviation industry is happy of course; as the EU was already considering backing down, "to avert a trade war with major economic powers such as China and the United States, allowing time to forge a global agreement on climate charges for the aviation industry."  But that's waiting for Godot: "attempts to address this problem on a global basis have been festering for more than 15 years in ICAO and the United States is at the centre of the problem," according to Transport & Environment, an NGO based in Brussels.

In the meantime, I'm not sure I understand how the U.S. can simply declare that its airline industry can ignore the law in Europe.

1 comment:

  1. So, if I don't file 1040 and tell the IRS where to shove it since I live in Europe, the Senate will back me? I fear that the US government has been hijacked by hypocritical aliens.