Mon, Nov 14, 2005
Tough Break, Old Chap...
If lawmakers in Britain
have their way, flying throughout Europe will soon be MUCH more
The London Sunday Telegraph reports Tony Blair's administration
-- which controls the rotating presidency of the entire European
Union through the end of the year -- will introduce legislation to
penalize airlines whose planes emit more than the permitted amount
The move would roll the country's commercial airlines into a
controversial emissions-trading scheme -- using fees collected from
airlines whose planes emit above the permitted levels of
polluntants, to offset the costs of reducing carbon (through
methods such as planting trees) throughout the EU.
Those fees, of course, would be passed on to customers. Reports
indicate such charges could end up doubling the fares on many
low-cost airlines across the pond.
So far, there's been no reaction from the airlines themselves --
but wait for it. It's coming.
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