06 Jul '11, 1pm

If airlines & passengers can't suck up $20 per ticket to pay for carbon emissions, none of us can really afford to fly

If airlines & passengers can't suck up $20 per ticket to pay for carbon emissions, none of us can really afford to fly

The New York Times and AP both have current accounts of the US complaints, as we have covered here on TreeHugger . Reuters has the recent Chinese complaints about the scheme. Despite all the talk of potential violations of international law, what all this comes down to is money. The China Air Transport Association estimates that it will cost Chinese airlines $123 million in the first year and triple that by 2020. Globally, the International Air Transport Association says it will cost $3 billion to implement. It's a painfully familiar refrain that rises whenever government attempts to regulate an industry and one which nearly always is baseless fear mongering. Both Airlines & Passengers Can Afford Emissions Offsets At the customer level, the EU says a roundtrip ticket from Brussels to New York will cost just a few euro more if the customer absorbs to full cost of the offset...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/if-airlines-passe...

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