Prevention of Airline Carbon Taxes Should Be a Model for Carbon Regulations

President Obama recently signed legislation that prevents the European Union (EU) from taxing U.S. airline emissions for planes that travel to and from EU countries.

Although the EU announced it would delay the tax from its broader cap-and-trade-like system for a year, the new law protects U.S. airlines from the tax unless the International Civil Aviation Organization reaches a global agreement.

Congress and President Obama deserve kudos for protecting American air carriers and consumers from the EU’s attempt to unilaterally impose a tax on Americans. Now they should step up to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from doing the same thing.

When President Obama signed the bill, Senator Claire McCaskill (D–MO) remarked, “I’m happy for American consumers, who are the real winners here. It never made a bit of sense for European governments to tax our citizens for flying over our own airspace—and with the passage of this law we’ve got the tools we need to prevent it from happening and protect American jobs.”

The executive branch should carry the same logic to our own borders. Despite Congress’s rejection of domestic cap-and-trade schemes, the EPA is unilaterally imposing regulations on carbon dioxide (CO2)—a colorless, odorless, and non-toxic gas.

Read more at The Foundry. By Nicolas Loris.

Photo credit: peace chicken (Creative Commons)

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