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Luxury Yachts To Be Exempt From EU’s Carbon Pricing Plan

January 15, 2022

By Paul Homewood


Only the decrepit EU could come up with this idea!


From Zero Hedge:



If there is anyone still confused why ESG, and the entire "green" movement is one giant, boiling cauldron of lies, hypocrisy and fraud, read on.

Last summer, we reported that the European Commission – that murder of career bureaucrats – has proposed exempting private jets, the one most polluting form of transportation, from the planned EU jet fuel tax. A draft indicated that the tax would be phased-in for passenger flights, including ones that carry cargo. Private jets will enjoy an exemption through classification of "business aviation" as the use of aircraft by firms for carriage of passengers or goods as an "aid to the conduct of their business", if generally considered not for public hire. It gets better: a further exemption is given for "pleasure" flights whereby an aircraft is used for "personal or recreational" purposes not associated with a business or professional use.

This is odd because a recent report found that private-jet CO2 emissions in Europe rose by 31% between 2005 and 2019, with flights to popular destinations up markedly during summer holiday seasons. So if Europe was truly concerned about curbing CO2 emissions it would ostensibly go after some of the biggest culprits… but no.

Of course, since it is mostly billionaires and the ultra wealthy that fly private, and these same billionaires and ultra wealthy tend to be exempt from regulations (which are usually written by politicians that the ultra rich have previously bribed or bought) that apply to the rest of the peasantry, this was hardly a huge surprise.

Which is why we doubt that the latest news showing just how pervasive the "green" hypocrisy is, will also come as a surprise.

Full story here.

  1. January 15, 2022 11:21 am

    Are we surprised – F##k no

  2. January 15, 2022 11:38 am

    Lock everyone down – except politicians & top business leaders. Vaccinate all against Covid – except politicians & Big Pharma employees. Stop international travel – except for those with private jets. Am I’m seeing a pattern here?

  3. Julian Flood permalink
    January 15, 2022 12:40 pm

    A rising tide floats all megayachts.


    • Lorde Late permalink
      January 15, 2022 1:42 pm

      Good one!

  4. Penda100 permalink
    January 15, 2022 1:08 pm

    George Orwell told us how it is “All animals are equal but some are more equal than others”

  5. Gamecock permalink
    January 15, 2022 1:23 pm

    The era of “Tax the rich, feed the poor, ’til there are no rich no more” is over.

    Back in the 90s, Bill Clinton got Congress to put an excise tax on yachts. The Left back then thought it was okay to slap the rich around.

    Well, guess what? Domestic production stopped. THOUSANDS lost their jobs. And government LOST revenue.

    Thanks, Bill.

    • Duker permalink
      January 17, 2022 3:22 am

      Bill ?
      Wrong President , it was George WH Bush who asked for Congress to pass a 10% luxury goods tax on expensive jewellery cars, boats, and private aircraft in 1991
      It was Bill Clinton who 2 years later asked for the tax on luxury boats to be rescinded and it was.
      Thanks Bill.

  6. Gamecock permalink
    January 15, 2022 1:27 pm

    So, Tyler Durden must be one of them “journalists.”

    ‘Luxury yachts.’ As opposed to plain ol’ ordinary yachts.

  7. Realist permalink
    January 15, 2022 2:29 pm

    The problem is that it is not only the EU Commission. The individual national governments do NOTHING to fight the “climate”, “green” and now “Covid” hysteria.. Not even the UK when it was still in the EU. Even crazier that the hysterics are still continuing in the UK even after the infamous “Brexit”.
    What is wrong with European politicians? They all seem to hate their own populations.

    • Stonyground permalink
      January 15, 2022 3:54 pm

      “What is wrong with European politicians? ”

      Nobody votes for them. The EU Parliament is elected but has no actual power, it serves no other purpose but to provide the illusion of democracy. The politicians who make the actual decisions do not have to worry about the opinions of the electorate.

    • marlene permalink
      January 15, 2022 11:20 pm

      The long-planned Great Reset would not be upon us, with all its ugliness, if the NWO globalists hadn’t put their own people into positions of power ( and blackmailed or bribed some of them who spoke well) into almost every country in the world. There have been glitches, like Trump who set them back a bit, and Orban still trying to hold his own. You don’t have to be Christian or have any religion at all, to read Revelation in the bible. It’s all the news, past, present, and future, that’s fit to print. It Is Written.

  8. roger permalink
    January 15, 2022 2:55 pm

    but we are developing electric planes so that’s OK. However, hang on!
    Who would have thought that precipitating an overwhelming demand for a commodity by legislating against all of it’s effective alternatives could possibly have this calamitous result?
    Do our politicians really have PPE degrees? Would Otto von Bismark have been so impossibly stupid?

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      January 15, 2022 4:37 pm

      When jet-fuel-driven aircraft have been forced to make an emergency landing shortly after take-off they usually dump fuel to make the aircraft lighter and safer to land.
      Can’t see electric aircraft dumping batteries….Then again, as someone on here pointed out, electric aircraft have the same all-up landing weight as they did at take off. Hmmm.

      • Duker permalink
        January 17, 2022 3:26 am

        Its a design feature relating to undercarriage, usually only require an inspection if landing ‘heavy weight’. Not all planes need it as the landing systems are far better for smooth touchdowns

  9. marlene permalink
    January 15, 2022 11:08 pm

    As becomes disgustingly clearer every day, climate change is only for the people; the money people pay for it is only for the rich. Heck of a scheme! When money “trickles down” from rich governments it’s barely noticeable. When trickles up from the people, it’s a tsunami.

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