Stop the great plane robbery!
To the CEO's of British Airways, United Air Lines, Lufthansa and others:
As customers we are outraged that you charged us a carbon pollution fee in accordance with EU laws, when actually you successfully lobbied Europe to pause its scheme for a year. You made profit from pollution you never had to clean up. We want airlines to look for climate solutions and so we urge you to invest your share of the $1.8 billion industry-wide profit from our money to be handed over to the European clean skies initiative that does research into making aviation greener.
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The EU was all set to start forcing airlines flying in and out of Europe to reduce their carbon pollution or start paying more. But the airlines kicked up such a big fuss about this that the EU backed off and paused the scheme for a year. Outrageously, the sneaky airlines still inserted this “cost” in our plane fares and flew away with a cool $1.8 billion in profit, money that should have gone to climate solutions. They’ve taken us for a ride, but if we can make things turbulent for them, we can appeal to some of the biggest brands in the industry to clean up their act.
A European clean skies initiative does research into making aviation greener -- the money the airlines have stolen would double the entire budget! Let’s build a giant outcry to get the airlines to return this money and use it to fund efforts to curb their pollution, not fatten their pockets. Sign the petition below -- when 1 million of us sign, we will release online ads on all the leading ticketing websites telling people they were ripped off last year.