India is blocking its country’s airlines from paying a carbon dioxide tax for flying into the EU region.

China has also decided against paying the tax that’s aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the EU by 20 percent by the year 2020.

According to AFP:

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh told parliament on Thursday that “the imposition of carbon tax does not arise” because Indian airlines would simply refuse to hand over their emissions data.

“Though the European Union has directed Indian carriers to submit emission details of their aircraft by March 31, 2012, no Indian carrier is submitting them in view of the position of the government,” he said.

The airline carbon tax took effect January 2012 and the tax is due in 2013.

China’s and India’s rejection of the carbon tax underscores the fact that developing nations are unwilling to sacrifice economic growth for addressing the EU’s climate change fears.

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