In defending the latest incursion into airlines’ freedom to provide transportation services to its international customers, Jennifer Andreason, of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), explained that the recently enacted Aviation Emissions Trading Directive wasn’t really a tax that penalizes airlines who use more than their “share” of carbon credits, but instead it’s a “cap” on pollution.
The EU [European Union] law puts a quantity limit, or cap, on the total amount of climate pollution of all flights landing at or taking off from EU airports. [Under the new mandate] every company whose planes land at or take off from airports in Europe has to ensure that at the end of each year, the amount of pollution of its planes is less than the amount of its cap. It’s that simple.
The EU could have slapped a tax on air travel…but this law doesn’t do that.
The EU could have required the airlines to install…pollution control technologies. But the law doesn’t do that either.
What isn’t so simple is understanding how an extra-legal entity acquired unto itself enough power to direct the activities of companies that don’t even reside in any part of the European Union. It’s been a long road and a long time coming. But building the New World Order takes time.
The first inkling that airlines needed to have restrictions on how much pollution they were producing came when it was discovered that man-made pollution was warming up the earth, with disastrous consequences in store. Then, in 1994 the United Nations published its “Aviation and Global Warming” study followed in 1997 by the Kyoto Protocol which directed attention to pursuing the “limitation or reduction of emissions…from aviation…fuels.” This set up something called ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), another agency of the United Nations to study the matter. In 2002 the European Parliament and Council got frustrated with the lack of progress towards mandating emissions and directed the