WH oddly quiet about that bill shielding airlines from European carbon fees that Obama just signed

posted at 6:51 pm on November 27, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

I’ve been wondering what version of an energy policy we’re going to be seeing from President Obama now that he’s won a second term: The one the embraces the gloriously robust economic growth that comes from allowing unfettered access to our abundant natural resources and embracing our productive, energy-rich destiny; the one that refuses to take full advantage of our resources and innovative technologies, insists on pouring more money into crony clean-energy venture socialism and imposing more regulations, and champions the cause of impending man-made doomsday; or some combination of the two that tries to have it both ways, as Obama did in the run-up to the election (hence the “all of the above” attempt to please everyone).

As much as the true eco-zealots of the world would adore “necessarily skyrocketing” energy prices that forced us to artificially and quixotically bankrupt ourselves in the pursuit of an all-renewable, bureaucratized world order, that full-blown scenario of self-inflicted poverty would be good for neither Obama’s legacy nor the Democrats’ long-term outlook, so I’m guessing we’re going to be subjected to an energy policy that tries to have its cake and eat it, too — i.e., going piecemeal on the traditional energy stuff while continuing to loudly tout “investments” in green energy and stricter environmental standards.

Earlier today, the White House pursued none of the fanfare that often accompanies President Obama signing a bill into law — because its a bill that’s good for consumers, businesses, and the American economy at large, but not so great in the eyes of the green-lovin’ globo-environmentalist crowd. Via The Hill:

President Obama has signed into law a bill that requires U.S. airlines to be excluded from European carbon emissions fees.

Environmentalists had framed the bill as the first test of the president’s commitment to fighting climate change in his second term and urged him to veto it. Obama signed it over their objections, though the move was not publicized by the White House. …

McCaskill’s Republican co-sponsor on the bill, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), said it will shield American carriers from an “illegal tax.”

“American sovereignty will no longer be threatened by the E.U.’s illegitimate and disingenuous ‘environmental’ tax on our country,” Thune said in a statement. “My bill will ensure that we protect U.S. air carriers and passengers from this illegal tax, freeing up billions of dollars that can instead be invested in creating jobs, modernizing or purchasing new aircraft and stimulating our own economy.”

And the United States isn’t the only entity that’s realized the utter impracticality of trying to force expensive eco-standards on an impoverished populace. Heh:

The European Union (EU) has been forced to freeze the law requiring all flights using EU airports to pay for carbon emissions under the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme.

That means only internal EU flights are bound by its rules, according to news agency Reuters.

The decision was made by European climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard, who gave in to international pressure to freeze the law, led by the United States at the United Nations meeting in Doha. The debt crisis in the European Union has been blamed for eroding support in its plans to tackle carbon emissions, with many nations within the EU as well as heavy-industry lobbyists arguing that the airline emissions laws are unaffordable at this time of austerity.

I wouldn’t have expected President Obama to tout something like this — it is a bipartisan win for the economy and businesses, but consumers won’t complain about the absence of a cost, while the well-monied greenies most definitely will. Best to just try and keep this one quiet.


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Repubs need to have a press conference congratulating him, and vocally praising his turn away from the Environmental stranglehold that such a bill prevented.

portlandon on November 27, 2012 at 6:58 PM

As long as there are no strings attached, this seems to be good news.

visions on November 27, 2012 at 6:58 PM

They should try the tanning booth tax.

BobMbx on November 27, 2012 at 6:59 PM

“Obama signed it over their objections, though the move was not publicized by the White House. … “

What have you done with Dear Leader…?

(libtard)

Seven Percent Solution on November 27, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I’ll file this in the same file as killing bin Laden. Had he done otherwise he’d be crucified. Too bad he doesn’t get to show strength against over reaching liberal tax schemes. He’s still a turd though.

DanMan on November 27, 2012 at 7:02 PM

What the government can give, it can also take away. CO2 limits, Obamacare, regulations, even if not enforced, hand over power to the state to enforce them at their leisure. That is in large part their entire purpose. It gives power to the power-brokers to hand out exemptions and demand favors when needed.

If I can control whether your company makes money, or doesn’t make money, then I effectively own your business.

sharrukin on November 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Just leading from behind.
I recall recently the Chinese telling the Euro’s regarding their insistance of adding a carbon tax on their aircraft … something that translates to: ‘Go take a flying phuck at a rolling donut.’

Missilengr on November 27, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Maybe environuts can go get nekked at the airport. Save scanner time.

Meanwhile your car is slated to be mandated to 60 mpg.

wolly4321 on November 27, 2012 at 7:10 PM

They are not gonna be pleased…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFUDEmMjC-c&feature=youtube_gdata_player

wolly4321 on November 27, 2012 at 7:14 PM

The left wing lunatics only care about speeches… As long as he is giving them all the communist rhetoric they want to hear they will be happy with him even if the CEO of ExxonMobil gets everything he wants…

mnjg on November 27, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I recall recently the Chinese telling the Euro’s regarding their insistance of adding a carbon tax on their aircraft … something that translates to: ‘Go take a flying phuck at a rolling donut.’

Missilengr on November 27, 2012 at 7:07 PM

China wasn’t the only one that told them to stuff it and the local EU carriers i.e. Ryanair, EasyJet are all filing suit against the EU.

JPeterman on November 27, 2012 at 7:19 PM

…green-lovin’ globo-environmentalistcommie crowd

FIFY

rcpjr on November 27, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Repubs need to have a press conference congratulating him, and vocally praising his turn away from the Environmental stranglehold that such a bill prevented.

portlandon on November 27, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I think that would be a good idea to drive a wedge with his lunatic base… Tell them that despkte you won the elections we still control the country…. old rich white men…

mnjg on November 27, 2012 at 7:23 PM

President Obama has signed into law a bill that requires U.S. airlines to be excluded from European carbon emissions fees.

And in other news, the White House clown ties himself into a Gordian Knot.

MichaelGabriel on November 27, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Repubs need to have a press conference congratulating him, and vocally praising his turn away from the Environmental stranglehold that such a bill prevented.

portlandon on November 27, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I’ll believe he has turned away from the Environmental kooks when he approves Keystone. (The pipeline, not the beer.)

predator on November 27, 2012 at 7:29 PM

…because its a bill that’s good for consumers, businesses, and the American economy at large,

I doubt that there was any altruism or Patriotism involved here.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 27, 2012 at 7:42 PM

I’m guessing he signed this bill because they have their own domestic carbon tax in the works.

xblade on November 27, 2012 at 7:43 PM

…so what?

KOOLAID2 on November 27, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Wonder why he would have signed this. He has nothing to fear from the media or the GOP and now he has ‘more flexibility’.

Somebody pulled his strings.

CorporatePiggy on November 27, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Obama signs bill shielding US airlines from EU carbon fees – @Reuters

1 hour ago from http://www.reuters.com by editor
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Obama shields U.S. airlines from EU carbon fees

WASHINGTON | Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:56pm EST

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama signed a bill on Tuesday shielding U.S. airlines from paying for each ton of carbon their planes emit flying into and out of Europe, despite a recent move by Europe to suspend its proposed measure for one year.

Lawyers have said the bill is unusual because it would prevent U.S. companies from complying with the laws of another country.

“The Obama administration is firmly committed to reducing harmful carbon pollution from civil aviation both domestically and internationally, but, as we have said on many occasions, the application of the EU ETS to non-EU air carriers is the wrong way to achieve that objective,” Clark Stevens, a White House spokesman, said.(More.)
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/27/us-usa-airlines-emissions-idUSBRE8AQ1AR20121127

canopfor on November 27, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Speaking of the ProgressiveTardCrazies,I guess Carbon Tax was in vogue,back in 09′!(sarc)

Progressive Democrats Say: “Cut Out Wall Street — Price Carbon Directly and Recycle Revenue to Households.”

10/20/2009 by James Handley
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milestone this week: Progressive Democrats of America, the nationwide grassroots voice for progressive values founded in 2004, has strongly endorsed direct carbon pricing to create incentives for a transition to renewable, low-carbon energy. PDA also advocates “recycling” substantial carbon revenues to households to counteract the potentially regressive effects of carbon pricing and to build long-term public support for carbon pricing

PDA played a key role in the Democratic Party’s surge in the 2006 mid-term elections, as well as in the Democrats’ 2008 victories. Its board includes prominent members of the Progressive Caucus as well as peace, labor and civil rights advocates. PDA says that it seeks to reclaim the Democratic Party as a voice for the people by educating, organizing, and lobbying within as well as outside the Party. Its statement follows:(More…)
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http://www.carbontax.org/blogarchives/2009/10/20/progressive-democrats-say-%E2%80%9Ccut-out-wall-street-price-carbon-directly-and-recycle-revenue-to-households%E2%80%9D/

canopfor on November 27, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Heh, I wonder what other liberal pet projects Obama is willing to throw under the bus in order to save Obamacare?

Daemonocracy on November 27, 2012 at 8:01 PM

This is being called an illegal tax by McCaskill and Thune. What about those other taxes on tickets each time your NOT non stop flight lands for the convenience of the airline, not you?

I thought there were big taxes/fees on your ticket at Heathrow, Charles Du Gaulle, and places you touch down or change planes??? I thought they were green taxes, really.

Does anyone know the difference?

Fleuries on November 27, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Does anyone know the difference?

Fleuries on November 27, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Not sure if this applies but Heathrow, which is owned by a private consortium, always surcharged every airline from any country to land there. This was before Carbon was fashionable and simply because it was *the* hub and the market could and did bear it. Cheapo airlines used alternative airports…

CorporatePiggy on November 27, 2012 at 8:17 PM

The left wing lunatics only care about speeches… As long as he is giving them all the communist rhetoric they want to hear they will be happy with him even if the CEO of ExxonMobil gets everything he wants…

mnjg on November 27, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Exactly! Like I have said before…Obama could nuke Madagascar and the media and left wing would somehow justify it and say it was a good thing.

William Eaton on November 27, 2012 at 8:27 PM

WH oddly quiet about that bill shielding airlines from European carbon fees that Obama just signed

Fluke.

Blind squirrel… nut.

petefrt on November 27, 2012 at 9:44 PM