Flying Might Get Costlier But the Skies Might Soon Get Clearer
|December 26, 2013||Posted by Staff under Environmental|
This 2013 excerpt of BBC, Oct 7, is by Roger Harrabin.
The world’s governments agreed — after long negotiations in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) — that all airlines should join a global scheme to cut carbon emissions. But details will not be negotiated until 2016. It ends for the first time the notion of exceptionalism that has been cultivated by the airline industry.
The aviation sector will attempt to negotiate by 2016 a market-based mechanism (taxes, tradeable permits or carbon offsets) to tackle emissions from flying.
The EU’s own aviation emissions tax is on hold pending a global deal
There is still pressure on the EU to delay imposing its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) on aviation.
This agonised process for just one sector indicates just how hard it will be to get a global deal on greenhouse gas emissions.
Ed. Notes: Politics does not reveal humans at their best but at least it appears progress is being made, that the principle of pay for what you take is being followed. Next, perhaps, the principle of don’t pay for what you make — no tax on earnings and ownings — will be followed.
Then, finally, humanity may follow the principle of reap as you sow, including society as a whole reaping what it sows, which is the annual rental value of land and resources, since it is the presence of community which generates the rent or price for a location.
This geonomic policy would help airlines minimize their emissions. De-taxing our efforts while sharing out recovered rents to everyone, even to presently unheralded basement inventors, both speed up techno-progress, including development of alternative fuels and alternative engines — economic justice can be that powerful.