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Replacing APD

Old 29th Jun 2008, 10:24
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Replacing APD

A blog by Tim Worstall on Replacing APD, which EasyJet will, apparently, be coming out in favour of tomorrow.

So, good or bad idea, or does that depend on which airline you work for and aircraft you operate?
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Old 29th Jun 2008, 10:45
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The proposal makes the assumption that the tax is valid in the first place and, secondly, that the aviation business contributes significantly to global emissions.

In addition, it also tacitly infers that the tax revenue is used to offset the carbon emissions; we all know that isn't the case.

If this, or any other Govt, is genuinely concerned with carbon emissions they wold have embraced the Kyoto accord and would put their own houses in order by reducing ground based fossil fuel consumption by industry etc first.

They would also level the playing field by levying the tax on trains, buses, ferries, taxis and other passenger or cargo carrying systems.
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Old 29th Jun 2008, 10:59
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They would also level the playing field by levying the tax on trains, buses, ferries, taxis and other passenger or cargo carrying systems.
To be fair, they'd say the same about VAT on fuel.
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Can't VAT be reclaimed as a business expense?
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Old 30th Jun 2008, 07:32
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So if carbon emissions relate to global warming to such an extent, why did we get global cooling last year, bringing the average back to 1979 levels?
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