SPPI Note: Nearly every collectivist idea on the planet now emminates from the EU, primarily the UK.
A global deal on emissions curbs by airlines struck late on Friday will allow the European Union to press ahead with plans to charge airlines for emissions permits from 2012, the European Commission said on Saturday.
The EU agreed in 2008 that airlines should be included in its emissions trading scheme (ETS), which forces industry to pay for permits for each tonne of carbon dioxide they emit into the atmosphere.
The ETS is the EU’s main tool for combating climate change and it wants to see the system adopted worldwide. Aviation is responsible for some 2 percent of the world’s carbon emissions.
Some U.S. airlines had challenged the EU’s right to include their flights into and out of Europe within the ETS. (more…)