posted on Dec, 2 2012 @ 01:20 PM
reply to post by purplemer
It would be nice, but instead of taxing US, or Chinese or Australian flights from the time they depart their home country, find a way to reduce
emissions. A carbon tax is a way to say "look, we're doing something" without actually addressing the real issue of the emissions themselves. As
someone else said, that means they could theoretically eventually tax us for breathing.
Like I said, if the EU wants to tax for the legs in Europe, fine, have at it. But they don't have the right to tax for the entire flight. What's
to stop them from taxing a flight that originates in LA, stops in Chicago, and then in New York for every leg of that, since it stops in Europe? The
LA-NY segment has nothing to do with them, and they don't have the right to tax it. If the flight originates in the US, and operates in the US
first, it doesn't have anything to do with Europe until it's on the way.
I agree completely that something needs to be done about emissions, and emissions have been reduced a lot with the new engines. But let's find
something better than a tax that's going to be passed on to the consumer, and hurt the consumer. Let's find a way to reduce the number of flights,
while moving the same number of people. Or come up with an even more efficient engine that has lower emissions, instead of a carbon tax.