The days when Europe considered the rest of the world its colony and servant are over. But some EU bureaucrats and bossy greens obviously haven’t grasp that yet. Hat tip: Manfred Messmer here.
A group of EU climate commissars lead by Connie Hedegaard once got the idea they could boss the rest of the world, and impose a CO2 reduction scheme on the world’s airlines. Read here, background.
China and India, once ruthlessly exploited by European colonial rule, are sending tough messages back to Brussels: If you think you can still boss us around, then you’ve got another thing coming.
Al Jazeera reports on news which the European mainstream media are too embarrassed to make public in Europe. The EU’s unilateral move to charge for carbon emitted by flights in and out of Europe is escalating an international row and threatens to turn into an all out global trade war – one that Europe would certainly lose big time.
India is now following China’s lead and is set to ask its airlines not to take part in the European Union emissions trading scheme. In February China barred its airlines from participating in the European emissions-reduction scheme. Other powers like the USA and Russia are also joining in with China and India.
Al Jazeera writes that an Indian official “told Reuters news agency that India will soon ask local airlines not to share emissions data with the bloc or buy any carbon credits.” And the official added:
‘We have lots of measures to take if the EU does not go back on its demands. We have the power of the economy, we are not bleeding as they are,’ the government official said, adding that Europe’s position would harm its own economy and airlines. ‘The questions is, are you (EU) provoking the world into a trade war?’ the official said.”
China has already suspended the purchase of 10 more Airbus jets, and India has left that option open. China and India are important growth markets for Airbus. Cancelling orders for dozens of planes would deal a crushing blow for Europe’s aviation industry. Al Jazeera writes:
European planemaker Airbus has a 73 per cent share of the commercial plane market in India. It has orders for more than 250 planes with IndiGo, Go Air and Kingfisher Airlines, making fast-growing India a crucial growth market. Foreign governments say the EU is exceeding its legal jurisdiction by charging for an entire flight, as opposed to just the part covering European airspace.”
The European Commission, however, claims that all this is necessary to rescue the climate from a certain Armageddon – never mind the data.
To send a signal to show it means business, India disrupted the flight schedules of many European airlines to let them know “how disruptive a dispute with the country could be.”
Al Jazeera quotes the Indian official:
If things continue like this, then European airlines will be forced to avoid flying over India and go over the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. That’s not viable for them. They won’t have fuel to do that.”
The European Voice reminds readers of the gravity of the measures now being taken by China:
What we see today is that the Chinese authorities are blocking airlines from placing firm orders with Airbus. Airlines are likely to now consider the competition. And that could destroy years of efforts to bring Airbus to a market-leading position in China.”
And reminds the EU government that the European Trading Scheme for taxing CO2 is misguided policy:
It is time for European politicians to see the facts. Over the past decade, aviation achieved 45% growth while consuming only 3% more fuel. That is the best evidence for our industry’s prolonged and continuing efforts to reduce our environmental impact in all areas, and to allow for sustainable growth.”
I can’t imagine what Europe is thinking here. Are they dreaming that they can treat the world like its colony to boss around? Do the climate commissars really believe they can get away with this?
Clearly Europe is trying to fool the world with the climate climate issue in order to get back to the good old days of colonialism – when it bossed everyone around.
These climate commissars and green Napoleons are about to learn, however, that their days of running colonies are over.