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Claudia Rosett


February 13, 2012 - 1:31 pm

The European Union has run into a lot of foreign resistance to its scheme to impose a “carbon tax” on airline passengers  traveling to and from Europe. The EU solution? The New American web site reports that in the interest of averting a “trade war” in the skies, the EU is open to making an already terrible tax even worse. Reportedly the EU is open to a “UN-brokered” arrangement in which the EU would drop its regional carbon tax in exchange for haveing it replaced by — guess what — a global carbon tax on air travel. This has the makings of yet another UN run at direct global taxes — a precedent that would effectively bypass even the minimal oversight of UN member states,  and in the spirit of taxation-without-representation open a spigot direct from your wallet to the UN coffers, quite likely requiring you to bankroll, among other things, the concoction of yet more global taxes.

“We’re ready to negotiate within our framework,” the articles quotes the EU transport commissioner as saying; “We aren’t trying to dominate the world.”

Thanks, guys, but there’s a better way. How about sparing a moment amid the riots and bailouts to just drop the EU’s carbon tax on the skies?



Claudia Rosett is journalist-in-residence with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and heads its Investigative Reporting Project. She is widely recognized as a ground-breaking reporter on corruption at the United Nations. Her investigative reporting skills, drawn from three decades as a journalist and editor writing on international affairs, led her to expose the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal, the worst financial fraud in the history of humanitarian relief. Due in substantial part to her investigation, the U.S. House and Senate launched inquiries into the program. Ms. Rosett has appeared before five U.S. House and Senate Committees and Subcommittees to testify on U.N.-related corruption. Her work on Oil-for-Food earned Claudia the 2005 Eric Breindel Award and the Mightier Pen award.
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