Klaus vetoes bill forcing airlines to buy emissions permits

The Czech president, Vaclav Klaus, has vetoed a government-sponsored bill that would force airlines operating in the Czech Republic to buy emissions permits, thereby paying for the damage planes do to the environment. Mr Klaus, who denies mankind is responsible for global warming, rejected the legislation on the grounds that it was based on a directive from the European Union, adding that it could have a negative impact on the economy. The Czech president said such schemes interfered with economic freedom. The bill, which was due to come into effect in 2012, now returns to the lower house for further consideration.

Author: Ian Willoughby