EPA targets the airline industry

Still more regulation from the EPA's fantasy-land rabbit hole

airplaneexhaustOn June 10 the EPA issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking which targets the U.S. airline industry for more “climate change” regulatory madness. Citing a 2012 D.C. district court ruling that requires a final agency determination whether aircraft greenhouse gas emissions cause or contribute to endangerment of public health or welfare, their eagerness to oblige should be a no brainer.

As a matter of fact, the EPA has already decided. In 2009 the agency determined that greenhouse gas “pollution” (essential CO2 plant food) from cars and light trucks threatens human health and welfare by leading to long-lasting climate changes.

Their new announcement states that: “Since then, the body of science on human-induced climate change has strengthened, supporting today’s proposed finding — under a different section of the Clean Air Act — that GHGs [greenhouse gasses] emitted from aircraft engines contribute to pollution [that dirty “P-word” again] that causes climate change endangering public health and welfare.”

Somewhat like Brer Rabbit pleading with Brer Fox not to be thrown into the briar patch, they suggest that their plan to establish new Brer2CO2 emission rule restrictions on the aviation industry merely responds to legal “endangerment” and “cause or contribute petitions” filed by others . . . claims based upon failed UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) computer climate model projections.

A big difference here, however, is that the Obama EPA rabbit and petitioner foxes have a common and coordinated agenda. The foxes in this case comprise a very powerful coalition.

Here, the EPA reports that its rule-making process is being undertaken in response to “domestic pressures from stakeholders and court proceedings.” Formal petitions have previously been filed by the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania; the District of Columbia and city of New York; and leadership of environmental activist groups such as Earth Justice, the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, and Oceana.

Yes, and there are also international foxes. As reported in an EPA statement: “For the past five years, ICAO [International Civil Aviation Organization] — a specialized body of the United Nations with 191 member states — has been working with the aviation industry and other stakeholders to develop coordinated, international CO2 emission standards for aircraft.” ICAO’s standards for CO2 reductions which are “equitable” across national boundaries are expected to be adopted by early next year.

kyoto2While the EPA states that this latest aircraft regulation action supports the goals of President Obama’s “Climate Action Plan,” the broader anti-carbon UN/White House battle plan can readily be traced back to the collapse of a crusade to extend Kyoto protocol cap-and-trade agreements.

In January 2012 Brussels imposed a $135 per ton tax on airline carbon emissions exceeding established EU CO2 emission limits for all airlines flying to and from Europe.
According to that emissions trading scheme (ETS), each airline was to be allocated pollution permits slightly less than its average historical emissions record over their entire routes until they touched down in Europe. Carriers that exceeded their limit could buy permits from others that emitted less than allowed.Those nations and airlines refusing to pay would be banned from European airfields altogether, and some did refuse.Threatening a trade war, China and Russia warned they would cut Airbus purchases in retaliation, plus impose massive fuel taxes and territorial overflight charges on EU carriers.

India’s Finance Minister Pranab Mukheriee stated: “India believes that some of the measures like carbon export optimization tax . . .mukherjee violate the principles of the Convention [United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change] as their incidence falls entirely on developing countries and these cannot be recognized as a source of new and additional finance for climate change.”

Even the UN’s ICAO — of which India is a member — unanimously adopted a “Delhi Declaration” opposing an ETS airline application as being “inconsistent with applicable international law,” successfully urging the EU to refrain from imposing the tax. The ICAO was then charged with responsibility to produce an acceptable global ETS alternative by 2016.

Apparently recognizing the improbability of reaching any agreement that other big CO2 emitters will accept, the Obama White House is counting on an old, reliable plan B. After all, why rely upon the UN to prevent climate calamity when the EPA can accomplish this by congressionally unaccountable regulatory fiat?

There is, however, still another big UN hitch to this strategy. Alas, despite ballyhooed rising atmospheric CO2 levels, satellites have recorded no global warming over the past 18 years. If a flat or cooling trend continues — as many prominent international scientists expect — perhaps the general public will eventually realize that alarmist UN IPCC predictions used to sell anti-fossil Clean Power Plan and ETS agendas can’t be relied upon either. Until then, Brers Rabbit and Brer Fox will continue to feast together on free meals, while the rest of us get stuck with the tabs.


A version of this article also appears at:  http://www.newsmax.com/LarryBell/Climate-Change-Global-Warming/2015/07/14/id/656937/#ixzz3fvX98IDm


About the Author: Larry Bell

Larry Bell

CFACT Advisor Larry Bell heads the graduate program in space architecture at the University of Houston. He founded and directs the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture. He is also the author of "Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax."

  1. ward

    TAX after TAX to support bureaucrat rip off salaries that do the least to help the U.S. Citizens economy or lives.. ! The exaggerated lies on the climate change is a created excuse to steal many $$’s from tax payers for absolutely nothing but greedy CEO’s !

  2. moberndorf

    The entire “environmental movement” is about destroying capitalism and private property, not protecting the environment. Look it up, folks…

  3. ninetyninepct

    Should the world weather / climate cool in about 15 yrs as recently estimated, those politicians and EPA employees that spew this crap and push their own agenda by abusing their authority will be arrested and jailed. We don’t care how old they will be, they will be sued into the poorhouse in civil lawsuits.

    • reagangs

      Every thing the climate whackos do is an estimate and strictly theory with false and/or cooked “data” from tree rings, ocean bottom and artic core samples and, supposedly, actual recorded temperature samples (next to hot buildings, heating exhaust vents, copied data, e.t.c. ……). Forget the random effects of the Solar Variable, the Milankovitch effect and Earths own molten (~2,000*F) core and its exposure around the Globe. By bring these effects up, we will have the Alinsky’s of the world nipping at our heels. The debate is NOT over.

  4. FRANK


  5. reagangs

    Increasing taxes and fees (taxes) are a part of the utopian, social justice, communist agenda (the UNs Agenda 21). Soon, there will be a universal World tax to support the UN and their elite led Shadow Government. America’s sovereignty will eventually go away and the UN courts and mobs will rule. We will be the USSA and the World will be the USSW. And the EPA environ-mental whackos and so called “climate experts” will be a part of it. Glen Beck’s “Agenda 21” explains the situation well.

  6. AllenBarclayAllen

    During the two week aftermath of 9/11 all flight on the north american was stopped, and the result was a temperature spike of 1.12 Degree the highest temperature spike in recent history. It was Caused by man STOPPING these Flights that have emissions of Sulfur Dioxide, at high altitude, that COOL our Planet like Volcanoes do.
    So stopping these flights by over taxing them, would be United Nations Induced Global warming not Human induced warming !! You see the only way they can get a temperature spike that remotely resembles any of their false claims of masking caused Global Warming is to Duplicate what occurred at 9/11 with a crippling Tax to an already suffering Airline Industry that’s only contribution in Thruout History was COOLING.!!!! DOES ANYONE SEE HOW DAMN DUMB THIS (EPA) AND THIS (UN) ARE !! Their Brains are rattling like a Bee Bee in a Box Car on this one !!

    • KLH6

      I would give anything to get us out of the UN and ideally shut it down. Let some other country run it if they wish. Most of thd countries for “human rights” are countries that are notorious for killing their own people by the 100’s. Congress should pass a law saying we’re not abiding by their stupid rules. Are we that spineless? Maybe we do need a New Yorker like Donald Trump to tell the world to “bugger off” as the British would say. If I had the money, I’d go live in Israel for awhile but I’m not Jewish so I probably would only be allowed in for so long. Europe is overun by Muslims,thanks to their PC stupidity.

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