EU Carbon Tax Comes Under More Pressure; Airbus And Six European Airlines Argue Against Tax
Brussels, Belgium -
The unpopular E.U. Carbon Tax is facing even more pressure, this time from within the Eurozone as airplane maker Airbus and six airlines object to the tax and co-write letters to British Prime Minister David Cameron, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
Plane maker Airbus, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Air France, Air Berlin and Iberia have all joined together opposing the tax saying it will cost them billions of dollars and could provoke a trade ware.
So far, China has put a ban in place on Chinese airlines from buying Airbus planes. China, Russia, India, the U.S. and a couple dozen other countries have all signed onto the Delhi Declaration which jointly opposes the carbon tax calling it a violation of international law.
E.U. officials say the tax is minimal to air carriers representing only between $5 and $30 US dollars added to each ticket.
The carbon tax was put in place as an effort to reduce pollution in the environment according to government officials but opponents say it is nothing more than a cash grad and does nothing to help the environment.
Also last week, the head of the International Air Transport Association warned that the EU tax could provoke trade wars.
On Friday, however, Denmark's Climate Minister Martin Lidegaard said the EU would maintain the tax on airlines operating in its airspace so long as an international solution had not been found.
U.S. carriers have not officially announced any changes, but hints have started to leak out that many who overfly Europe will alter routes when possible to avoid having to be taxed on those flights.