David Williams
American taxpayers are quite often skeptical and critical of federal government bureaucracies. That skepticism is amplified when applied to international institutions like the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), which receives more than $1 billion in taxpayer dollars. In fact, a February 2012 Gallup poll showed that 61 percent of Americans said that the UN is doing a poor job in trying to solve the problems it has had to face, versus 32 percent that said the UN is doing a good job in trying to solve the problems. The EU doesn’t do much better. According to a June 2012 Pew Research Center poll, “…majorities in five of eight countries surveyed think that such economic integration has actually weakened their nation’s economy.” Despite these numbers both the EU and UN are trying to grow their bureaucratic overreach instead of shrink it by moving full steam ahead with global taxes on carbon emissions and tobacco.

The EU is moving to set a tax on carbon emissions. According to USA Today , “The European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme sets a cap on carbon emissions and then charges airlines for flights to or from the continent. The industry group Airlines for America estimates the program could cost U.S. carriers $3 billion over the next decade. U.S. airlines have opposed the system as an unfair tax on flights outside Europe, and China and India have refused to participate in the program.” The idea of the EU imposing taxes on American travelers also has at least one member of Congress concerned. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced a bill in 2011 to “to prevent the European Union (E.U.) from adding a tax on flights traveling through U.S. airspace.”
Senator Thune's office calculated that this EU-imposed emissions tax will cost U.S. air travelers and carriers a whopping $3.1 billion dollars between 2012 and 2020.

David Williams

David Williams is the President of the Taxpayer Protection Alliance (TPA).