Carbon Dioxide Tax Australia – The Unlitateral Economic Disarmament: We’ll Pay, China Will Play

Posted on Tue 06/28/2011 by


Andrew BoltBy Andrew Bolt

Here another example of how our global warming politicians are unilaterally disarming our economy against far more aggressive competitors.

When Europe threatens to whack a carboin dioxide tax on our airlines, under its new green protectionism, the Gillard Government just asks for more punishment:

 QANTAS will be forced to lift international airfares to Europe from next January after being slapped with a penalty by the European Union because Australia does not have a price on greenhouse gas emissions.

The national carrier told business leaders at a meeting in Canberra this week that under changes to the EU’s emissions trading scheme, Qantas would be forced to pay a tax on 15 per cent of its carbon emissions from its nearest port of call…

The government will seize on the fact that Qantas will face the impost to back its argument that, if the nation doesn’t move, Australian businesses could eventually be penalised by carbon border adjustments and airline passengers will be first to suffer…

Mr Combet warned business leaders they may eventually face border adjustments – where a tariff is slapped on products from countries without carbon prices – if Australia failed to introduce a carbon price.

When Europe tries the same trick on China, it gets threatened with punishment:

China may block the purchase of 10 Airbus SAS superjumbo planes in protest against the European Union to make international airlines pay for an emissions trading system, the Financial Times newspaper said.

Hong Kong Airlines had been expected to announce orders worth as much as $3.8 billion for 10 Airbus planes at the Paris Air Show this week, the report said, citing unidentified executives.

Airbus, the planemaking unit of European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co., heard last weekend that the agreement was delayed because of China’s opposition to the emissions rules, according to the newspaper. Airbus and EADS declined to comment, the FT said.

And Labor tries to pretend China is just as keen as we are to cut emissions.

Frauds. We’re surendering our growth and our future.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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