BAA chief warns against flying tax

BAA chief warns against flying tax

Airport operator boss says tax will damage economy

The chief executive of airport operator BAA has warned that a green tax on
flying will damage the economy and will not have the desired effect on the
environment.

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference yesterday Stephen Nelson
claimed a carbon emissions trading scheme was the best option for mitigating the
environmentally damaging effects of flying.

‘A tax to price people out of flying would not deliver the required
environmental result. It would also damage people’s quality of life,’ Nelson
said.

According to Nelson, an emissions trading scheme would be both effective and
popular.

Support is growing for a further tax on flying with airplanes accounting for
2% of global carbon emissions, which is expected to rise to 15% by 2050,
The Guardian reported.

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