UK Can’t Ban Trump, But It’ll Fine Him For His Private Jet

Chris White Tech Reporter
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Fresh off their failure to ban Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from the U.K., government officials fining Trump for emissions from his private jets.

The Environmental Agency, the UK equivalent of the Environmental Protection Agency, doled out more than $816,000 in fines so far this year to a number of airlines and private jet owners, including jets owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox America, Inc, and financing group American International Group (AIG).

According to The Guardian, Trump faces a $2,345 fine from the UK  government’s Environment Agency for landing a jet owned by DJT Operations I LLC, a 200-300 passenger jet replete with a master bedroom,

The European Emissions Trading system (ETS) is the EU’ carbon controlling program tasked with reducing Europe’s carbon emissions by mandating jet operators pay a hefty toll for each ton of carbon their fleets emit. The regulatory mandate, which was instituted to reduce Europe carbon emission output, forces jet operators to acquire a pollution permit or fork over $109 per ton of pollution their jets emit.

“The EU Emissions Trading System is an important means of regulating emissions from aviation operators,” Liz Parkes, the Environment Agency deputy director for global warming, told reporters. “The Environment Agency’s enforcement activity is part of coordinated action across Europe.”

Trump is unlikely to take the UK’s fines seriously, as he has a history of espousing anti-global warming rhetoric.

“I’m not a believer in global warming, I’m not a believer in man-made global warming,” Trump told conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt in an interview last year.

“I watched two people last night on ‘Hannity,’ I mean on your friend’s show, on Sean Hannity’s show and you had one that was pro-climate change or whatever you want to call it. You know, they come up with so many different names Hugh, they start with global warming, that wasn’t working so well. Then they got climate change. Now they have extreme weather which I see quite a bit,” Trump said about what he believes is the changing nature of climate change.

Trump’s campaign team did not respond when asked by reporters about the fines.

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