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EU's airline carbon tax may backfire

By Mei Xinyu (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

16:08, December 28, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The European Court of Justice ruled on Dec. 21 that the European Union was within its rights to impose a carbon tax on flights to and from its 27 member states starting Jan. 1, 2012.

The ruling exposed the union's hypocrisy, instead of showing its strong competitiveness. It may trigger a global trade war and force more high-tech companies to leave Europe, instead of helping stop the decline of the continent.

After learning about the European Union's policies, regulations, and actions in reducing emissions and protecting the environment, one can easily see its hypocrisy and inability to coordinate the action of its member states.

There are efficient and effective ways to reduce transportation-related carbon emissions, including accelerating the development of clean technologies such as hydroelectric power generation and nuclear power generation, reducing fossil-fueled thermal power plants, implementing austerity measures, and reducing energy demand.

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Yang Aiguo at 2011-12-31175.141.90.*
The EU carbon tax is to penalize mainly China and other third world countries for producing CO2 causing the fraudulent claim of global warming. But sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gender. China should impose an equal carbon tax on European airlines flying into China.
PD User at 2011-12-30183.39.57.*
Just do not fly too often to Europe if they are too lazy and cocky; or do not fly there at all. So eu climate might be better especially when their members are broke and people do not travel at all, buses or cars or planes!!
Jean-Francois Morf at 2011-12-29178.237.88.*
Global warming is NOT due to mankind: google in pictures: glaciation cycles, then click on the yellow chart. Earth temperature must rise 2 centigrade, then will cool 11 centigrade in the next 100"000 years. Humans emerged 170"000 years BP (before present)

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