Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Air Transport Emission trading climb down?


Air Transport Emission trading climb down?

With regard Bill Hemmings comment made in the guardian this morning ,  "Opponents of the inclusion of international flights in the EU ETS have always said that a global solution under ICAO is the way to go. Now it is time for them to stop blaming the EU for blocking a worldwide approach and put their money where their mouth is. The EU has stopped its clock, but the clock for ICAO and the climate is still ticking. The commission, with today's decision, has moved further than necessary given the little progress made so far at ICAO level. There is no excuse for inaction left."
I fully respect what you say and that within the EU there must be a lot of frustration about this issue. However I firmly believe the EU and indeed The other global institutions who have a say in these matter have got the wrong end of the stick, in that relative minor changes in the way the tax system work globally is totally the wrong approach .
What is needed is reform of the total tax systems globally , so they reflect directly the linkage between money and environmental damage , and the proposal of a new Natural Resource Tax to replace all existing taxes is the only long term solution whereby all citizens and businesses then would see the direct link between the tax they pay and the damage to the environment they cause.
Moves, whether by the EU, national or global governing institutions or governments will fail in the loss of trust in the high complexity of any add on laws and regulations which are leading to far more  fraud, evasion and downright blackmail by states and institution whether legal or behind closed doors.
Such highly complex laws will be the  eventual breakdown of society and it is in our power to simplify and bring the ordinary citizen and businessman on board by their understanding and acceptance of a equal and fair system for all.
Yes a real challage , but we have to being back at the grass roots and not just accept that what has gone before is acceptable. Man's place on this planet has changed so much from the stone age ,that we are still governed by laws that date back to the middle ages , That said , some are useful even today but the tax and fiscal regime is bankrupt from beginning to the end and as recent events show even the experts at at a total loss as what to do, except that they do accept that a change has to occur.
Tinkering will result in catastrophe for man and the planet  lets take the real chance we have to enable real change for the benefit of our children and mankind.

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