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State of Georgia Helping Delta Airlines Reduce CO2 Emissions

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Breitbart; In the wake of Delta Airlines criticism of Georgia’s voter integrity laws, the Georgia House of Representatives is stripping Delta of state fuel tax exemptions, to help Delta resist the temptation to use fossil fuel.

Georgia House threatens Delta tax break after CEO slammed new voting restrictions

By CNN Newsource
Published  9:14 am

Georgia’s Republican-controlled House on Wednesday voted to revoke a major tax break for Delta Air Lines as punishment for its CEO’s public criticism of the state’s controversial new lawclamping down on ballot access.

The state Senate did not take up the measure before lawmakers adjourned for the year, rendering it dead for this year — but the threat underscores the potential political backlash corporations could face for opposing efforts to restrict voting.

Voting rights activists are lobbying major companies to take a stand against elections bills under consideration in key political battlegrounds, where Republicans are moving to erect new barriers to voting after record turnout in 2020 helped Democrats win the White House and the majority in the US Senate.

Read more: https://keyt.com/politics/2021/04/01/georgia-house-threatens-delta-tax-break-after-ceo-slammed-new-voting-restrictions/

Delta will no doubt welcome this effort to repeal their fossil fuel tax breaks. Reducing CO2 emissions accords with Delta’s public commitment to a low carbon future;

Delta’s ambitious carbon neutrality plan balances immediate actions and long-term investments on path to zero-impact aviation

Staff Writer Mar 4, 2021 8:45am

Delta Air Lines’ audacious commitment to carbon neutrality from March 2020 onward is coming to fruition with swift impact through immediate actions coupled with long-term investments to combat climate change.

“Connecting the world and protecting our environment for future generations cannot be mutually exclusive,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “Travelers should not have to choose between seeing the world and saving the world. We must continue to take immediate actions today and can’t wait for future solutions to become a reality. While there are many paths to carbon neutrality, Delta chose to make an impact today and invest in a future where aviation itself becomes cleaner for the world around us.”

In the short term, Delta intends to achieve carbon neutrality by directly reducing emissions through fleet and operational efficiencies and addressing remaining emissions through carbon offset project investments that maintain, protect and expand forests. See Delta’s sustainability glossary for definitions of sustainability terms and details about Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.

Read more: https://news.delta.com/deltas-ambitious-carbon-neutrality-plan-balances-immediate-actions-and-long-term-investments-path

The Georgia House of Representatives desire to repeal Delta’s fuel tax exemption also accords with Greenpeace’s demand for an end to fossil fuel subsidies. The Greenpeace definition of a fossil fuel subsidy includes fossil fuel tax breaks, like the exemption Delta receives.

Imagine if more states followed Georgia’s lead? Delta would soon have an irrefutable claim to be America’s climate leader of the skies, showing their incontrovertible commitment to reducing carbon emissions by paying more fuel tax per gallon than any other major airline.

Of course, other airlines would not want to be left behind. Delta’s competitors would quickly follow Delta’s courageous climate leadership, by demanding an end to their own fossil fuel tax exemptions. They would demand the right to demonstrate their solidarity with Delta’s high cost commitment to a low carbon future.

All too often, WUWT sadly has to report on the disagreements and conflicts which arise between participants in the climate debate, so I’m sure you will all appreciate the warm fuzzy feeling I get from writing about a win / win situation like this, in which everyone gets what they say they want.

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Scissor
April 2, 2021 10:21 am

I was on track to reach one million miles. Not sure if vaccine passports will prevent me from reaching this milestone.

eyesonu
Reply to  Scissor
April 2, 2021 10:46 am

One million miles? That would make you a member of the high mile club!

H.R.
Reply to  eyesonu
April 3, 2021 7:21 pm

In Denver, everyone is a member of the Mile High club.
.
.
Oh, wait……….. never mind.

rah
Reply to  Scissor
April 2, 2021 10:51 am

I have well over 1 1/2 million behind the wheel of a big truck. If I counted the time in the sleeper when team driving I would probably be at 2 million.

I used to love to fly but have not been in an aircraft since the government did their stupid stunt after 9/11. When some HS dropout told a CMOH recipient he could not take his medal on because it was potential weapon, that was the last straw for me.

As for Delta? I think they would have gone under years ago if not for contracts for flying military members around.

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Scissor
April 2, 2021 12:36 pm

In the Movie “Up In The Air” George Clooney gets to 10 million miles. Very funny movie.

Reply to  Walter Sobchak
April 2, 2021 12:46 pm

I have over 4 million on American and about a million on United. Comes with the territory of being a senior partner in a global consulting firm, and a senior officer at a Fortune 50 with global operations.

Lrp
Reply to  Rud Istvan
April 2, 2021 5:49 pm

You have sinned much!

Komeradecube
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
April 2, 2021 9:55 pm

I won’t watch a George Clooney movie, even if free.

April 2, 2021 10:27 am

Uh, they can’t even accurately report what the bill does. It restricts obvious cheating, not actual people actually voting.

Yes, there was obviously cheating. I did some simple analysis here:
http://phzoe.com/2021/01/06/something-rotten-in-georgia/

Abolition Man
Reply to  Zoe Phin
April 2, 2021 11:57 am

Zoe,
They don’t want to have IDs required in order to vote because of racism! When asked if they would no longer require IDs before boarding Delta flights the spokesman had no comment!

Reply to  Abolition Man
April 2, 2021 12:15 pm

They also believe black people can’t get IDs (for racist reasons), but they don’t want to help them do so. There’s no bill proposed by Demonrats to allocate any money to help black people get IDs. Clearly we know who the racists are.

CptTrips
Reply to  Zoe Phin
April 2, 2021 12:57 pm

Dems can’t pass a bill to spend money on minority IDs because the Georgia law makes them free already.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Zoe Phin
April 2, 2021 1:03 pm

Clearly the racists are those who claim black people are incapable of getting a driver’s license.

I bet the Democrats couldn’t fill a room with people they claim would be harmed by Georgia’s new law.

There might be a few exceptions, but as you say, the Democrats could make a special effort to assist these people rather than calling for sweeping election law changes that allow cheating.

But their purpose is not to help a few individuals, their purpose is to promote cheating in future elections and to call the other side racists when they don’t agree with doing that.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 3, 2021 4:47 am

What is wrong with having to show ID to vote? When I lived in Appomattox, County, Virginia I was required to show proof of identity and they checked me off on their rolls. The poll workers mostly knew me but that didn’t stop them from asking for my ID. Here in Portugal ID is required in order to vote, I know this because I asked my friends. It doesn’t offend them to have to produce their residence card, they don’t want illegals voting in their elections either!

Apparently it is only American Liberals who don’t have a problem with illegals voting in American elections. This is fundamentally wrong in so many ways!

Willem post
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
April 3, 2021 1:51 pm

In the Netherlands, everyone has to carry identity papers, with photos and fingerprints, at all times.
You show the card when you vote.
All non-citizens have different color cards, so they do not vote
Very simple to separate the wheat from the rest.

If a cop stops you, he will ask for your identity papers, runs them through a scanner in his squad car, which tells him your background for the past 20 years.
If any thing does not check out, like a kited check, or an unpaid traffic ticket, he will cite you for that as well.

I was a tourist a few years earliest, and went back to the US.
Then, I came back to the Netherlands, sure enough, the customs guy inspected my identity papers, and made me pay the ticket with a credi card, before allowing me into the Netherlands.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 3, 2021 7:04 am

Whoever stuffs the most ballots in, wins.

jdgalt1
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 3, 2021 8:56 pm

I’ll bet they could, but they wouldn’t want to, because the people they want enabled to vote are non-citizens and fraudsters registered in more than one place.

I hope the bill provides for rewards for finding people with multiple registrations and people registered at non-residential locations.

DrEd
Reply to  Zoe Phin
April 3, 2021 6:50 am

The evil Dems want the issue, not the solution.

jdgalt1
Reply to  Abolition Man
April 3, 2021 8:54 pm

The reason the TSA still exists is so that airlines can continue to regiment passingers like cattle without taking the blame for doing so.

n.n
Reply to  Zoe Phin
April 2, 2021 12:02 pm

Yes, Biden, Delta, CNN et al are spreading disinformation to stoke diversity (e.g. racism) and adversity.

Doc Chuck
Reply to  n.n
April 2, 2021 2:27 pm

Whatever you do, don’t let anyone know that it was post Civil War reconstruction and ‘Jim Crow’ era southern Democrats (whose militant wing was no less than the Ku Klux Klan) restricting Black voting for a century. Anyway I suppose that some Georgian legislators won’t object to this Californian arriving in a number of their towns to determine their leadership.

jtom
Reply to  Doc Chuck
April 3, 2021 6:10 pm

Also, don’t let anyone know that George Wallace (“Segregation now, segregation forever!”) won the Democratic Presidential Primaries in the deep South (sarc) states of Maryland (!) and Michigan (!!) in 1972, and the Democrats venerated longtime Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), right up to his death in 2010, who was a grand poobah of some sort in the triple K when he was in his mid-twenties.

AndyHce
Reply to  Zoe Phin
April 2, 2021 3:52 pm

It restrict the important part, which is a terrible crime to the political upper class.

Rod
Reply to  Zoe Phin
April 3, 2021 6:15 am

Someone, I believe the governor, put it best when he stated that the bill makes it easier to vote and harder to cheat.

So, when someone objects, ask them which of those two goals (easier to vote; harder to cheat) they oppose.

April 2, 2021 10:35 am

Does anyone care that we are in a CO2 famine?

Bob in Calgary
April 2, 2021 10:39 am

So the head of a publicly traded airline thinks ID is not important (I paraphrase)? What about shareholder voting? What about employee ID and security checks? What about passenger IDs?

Latitude
Reply to  Bob in Calgary
April 2, 2021 11:19 am

you know….like you don’t have to show an ID to board a plane

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Bob in Calgary
April 2, 2021 12:05 pm

You have to show and ID to even get a job. In fact the INS-9 form requires several documents to prove your identity.

DrEd
Reply to  Bob in Calgary
April 3, 2021 6:53 am

He’s a woke lapdog idiot.

jtom
Reply to  Bob in Calgary
April 3, 2021 6:14 pm

Clearly, they are a racist corporation, making it harder for minorities to vote, hold jobs, or fly on Delta. Where are the protests and calls for boycott?

April 2, 2021 10:40 am

Postponed for one year until the next 1st of April.

P O
April 2, 2021 10:40 am

I’d risk a little bet that Delta’s CEO has set it on the path to oblivion.

Doc Chuck
Reply to  P O
April 2, 2021 3:29 pm

Now hold on just a minute there, ‘P O’! Somewhere short of oblivion while getting to zero (continuing) CO2 emissions Delta need only make a number of alterations in their business plan that surely any MBA must be capable of: Closing out their Atlanta airline hub, including selling off their entire fleet of aircraft, firing their flight and ground crews, adopting camera-equipped electric propeller-driven drones with photovoltaic upper surfaces to charge the batteries; and thereafter offering virtual internet travel. Just thinking of the initial savings, their stock is bound to soar (for a while) and so the current virtuous CEO’s position will be secure and his contribution to saving the world will be widely saluted!

bigoilbob
April 2, 2021 10:41 am

Delta makes a statement, but no action yet. The Georgia House passes a bill, knowing it won’t be sent to the Guv this session.

Slow WUWT day?

eyesonu
Reply to  bigoilbob
April 2, 2021 10:48 am

bigolboob,

It sure brightened your day!

DonM
Reply to  bigoilbob
April 2, 2021 10:59 am

The week’s (so far) highlight in the life of oily bob.

(But he still has Fri & Sat to get out of his chair & surpass today’s thrill)

AWG
Reply to  bigoilbob
April 2, 2021 12:32 pm

Yeah, Trump is no longer in the news and we are stuck with a retarded 24/7 news media so we get carrot cake recipes, rumors, gossip and thoughts that should never be spoken out loud.

Derg
Reply to  bigoilbob
April 2, 2021 4:15 pm

A little raciss perhaps Big Oily 😉

Mr.
April 2, 2021 10:58 am

Sounds like Delta gave themselves a monumental WEDGIE.

Scissor
Reply to  Mr.
April 2, 2021 11:18 am

A problem with government handouts it that eventually even corporations can decide that accepting money is just as attractive as earning it.

Bob
April 2, 2021 11:03 am

America’s corporate leadership is pitiful and an embarrassment
.

Kevin
Reply to  Bob
April 2, 2021 9:40 pm

I am so glad to have spent several years defending corporations from high taxes and regulations. The payback was worth it.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Kevin
April 3, 2021 6:47 am

The Biden administration must make this your busy season.

Biden wants to raise the corporate tax to 28 percent. China’s corporate tax is 25 percent. Guess where the disloyal companies are going to go if Biden gets his way.

Yeah, we need to fight this.

H.R.
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 3, 2021 7:30 pm

Corporations don’t pay taxes. Their customers pay the taxes.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  H.R.
April 5, 2021 6:44 am

Yes, but some corporations move some or all of their operations, including jobs, to places that charge them less in taxes.

Roger Taguchi
April 2, 2021 11:09 am

If, as this law states, it is illegal to offer water to someone standing in line to vote, is it also illegal to provide CPR to a person lying down (and unconscious) in line waiting to vote?

Spetzer86
Reply to  Roger Taguchi
April 2, 2021 11:15 am

The law doesn’t say that. Water can be made available from an unmanned dispenser. There are also provisions to reduce line size in particularly problematic line districts. Read the damn law and then comment.

Scissor
Reply to  Roger Taguchi
April 2, 2021 11:19 am

No, they can only be registered democrat, however.

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  Scissor
April 2, 2021 12:03 pm

As is well known in the Democratic Party, being alive is not a prerequisite for voting.

Mike McMillan
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
April 3, 2021 2:44 pm

That’s one of the discouraging things about being a registered Republican in Illinois. When you die, you start voting Democrat.

Doonman
Reply to  Roger Taguchi
April 2, 2021 11:23 am

The law states that it is illegal for the government to offer water or any other liquid to someone standing in line to vote. No where does it ban bringing your own or offering it to someone else while standing in line. Free gifts from the government to voters is a conflict of interest. Get your facts straight.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Doonman
April 2, 2021 11:56 am

He’s dutifully regurgitating a leftist talking point.

Roger Taguchi
Reply to  Doonman
April 2, 2021 12:11 pm

If the CPR is performed by a government employee (i.e. police officer/fireman) isn’t that considered a “gift?”

Lrp
Reply to  Roger Taguchi
April 2, 2021 12:58 pm

Not if the recipient is already dead

MM from Canada
Reply to  Lrp
April 2, 2021 2:17 pm

As I learned years ago when taking a CPR course, if you’re performing CPR it’s because the recipient IS dead.

Derg
Reply to  Roger Taguchi
April 2, 2021 4:17 pm

Only to lefty. They are the true raciss.

DonM
Reply to  Roger Taguchi
April 2, 2021 4:47 pm

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sometimes ….

DrEd
Reply to  Roger Taguchi
April 3, 2021 6:57 am

Another Orwellian heard from.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Roger Taguchi
April 3, 2021 7:11 am

Can you be any more absurd?

I think so, keep trying.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Doonman
April 2, 2021 1:10 pm

The law states that no political entity can go down the voting line handing out water and food, which is considered electioneering and is illegal in every State.

Government/Polling officials *can* and will pass out water to those in line if that is required.

The Left has completely distorted the particulars of the Georgia election laws. Nothing claimed by the Left about the Georgia election laws is true. Up to and including the president of the United States going on camera and bald-face lying about the Georgia election laws. Even the Washington Post gave Biden four pinnochios.

It the Left’s mouth is moving, they are lying.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 3, 2021 7:13 am

“Come on, Man! Antifa is just an idea!” — Chairman Dementia Zhou Bai-Den.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Roger Taguchi
April 2, 2021 12:06 pm

Wow, Roger! That has to be about the biggest scarecrow ever built! You should try and enter it in the Guinness Book of World Records!

DonM
Reply to  Roger Taguchi
April 2, 2021 2:48 pm

Hey Rog,

If you provide CPR to people just because they are unconscious you are gonna get in deep trouble.

(And, only the ‘lying down’ unconscious are entitled to some kind of help? What about those standing while unconscious … you’re discriminating agin’ the Dems that are in line.)

paul courtney
Reply to  Roger Taguchi
April 2, 2021 4:40 pm

Mr. Taguchi: If you’re gonna post dem talking points, can you please post a true one?
Oh, I see.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Roger Taguchi
April 2, 2021 9:50 pm

Maybe you should read it before you insert your foot in your nether regions.

DrEd
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
April 3, 2021 7:00 am

His head is up there blocking the access for his foot.

DrEd
Reply to  Roger Taguchi
April 3, 2021 6:56 am

You lib idiot. Why don’t’ you get the facts before mouthing off?

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  DrEd
April 3, 2021 7:15 am

ZhouBots don’t care about facts, they are paid to post this tripe.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
April 2, 2021 11:19 am

Riding better than driving ?? 😀

Davidf
Reply to  ResourceGuy
April 2, 2021 2:28 pm

Anybody who has followed a horse, knows they are given to periodically emitting vast quantities of methane. Given the number you would need to carry out the work of just one pickup, electric or otherwise, I suspect they are on hiding to nothing.

PaulH
Reply to  ResourceGuy
April 2, 2021 4:30 pm

The average healthy 1,000 lb horse will produce somewhere between 35 lbs and 50 lbs of wet manure per day. I’m not sure where that fits into their carbon footprint calculations. 🙂 Fun April 1st article, though.

Jim Veenbaas
Reply to  ResourceGuy
April 2, 2021 5:03 pm

That has to be an April Fools joke.

BobM
Reply to  Jim Veenbaas
April 2, 2021 5:37 pm

Read it all the way to the bottom. It is.

Latitude
April 2, 2021 11:18 am

LOL…and Atlanta is their headquarters and main hub…this will hit every plane

Gary C Wells
April 2, 2021 11:29 am

Anyone who has actually bothered to read the Georgia voter integrity law would conclude it is not correct to characterize it as “clamping on ballet access”. If anything, the law will make the election process fairer and more transparent by making it harder to cheat. Concerning the carbon reduction, I appreciate your warm and fussy feeling toward the whole situation.

Ed Zuiderwijk
April 2, 2021 11:48 am

‘Clamping down on ballot access’. They, the lying toad media like CNN, just can’t stop promulgating falsehoods.

I voted by mail in this year’s Dutch general elections. The process is simple: you signal by email your intention to vote. Then you get your invite by mail to enroll on the electoral role, in my case for expatriates. You return the form with proof of residence and identity, that is a copy of your passport. About two weeks before polling day you get the actual ballot which you return in a sealed ballot envelope inside your return envelope, again with a copy of your passport. The submission has to arrive before 3 PM on election day. Anything arriving later will be disregarded, that is destroyed unopened. At the next election the enrolment is still valid so can be skipped. Did it for the 5th or 6th time this year.

It is straightforward and about as secure as realistically possible. Takes longer to post the letter than to complete the forms.

Lrp
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
April 2, 2021 1:08 pm

Mail voting is not for everybody and should be restricted to people who have genuine reasons for not showing up at the polling booth, because the voting decision might not be taken privately and it may be subject to collective influence

Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  Lrp
April 2, 2021 2:37 pm

Indeed, and it applies to me. That’s why you have to apply to be on the register and argue why. If I were resident in my home country the default position is that you go to the polling station in person.

ResourceGuy
April 2, 2021 11:49 am

There are probably a lot of other handouts to corporations in Georgia to help them out in getting to net zero also. Excellent !!

ResourceGuy
April 2, 2021 11:50 am

Let’s see what other goodies Delta is getting and help them out some more.

Gordon A. Dressler
April 2, 2021 11:58 am

Equal treatment under the law is an ancient principle that is enshrined as the “Equal Protection Clause” of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.

So, to follow the Constitution, the State of Georgia must necessarily strip state fuel tax exemptions from ALL other airlines, not just Delta.

But then again, the Georgia House of Representatives may no longer care about the US Constitution, or they may just consider their state is no longer part of these United States of America.

“Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Last edited 4 months ago by Gordon A. Dressler
Paul Penrose
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
April 2, 2021 12:14 pm

Do you even know if any other airlines have the exemption? The government provides preferential treatment to corps all the time to woo them, but for some reason, this is not considered unequal treatment. Maybe by taking away the exemption they are actually restoring the balance.

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  Paul Penrose
April 2, 2021 12:37 pm

Any business in Georgia using “jet fuel” had this exemption (see https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2018/11/15/georgia-house-oks-delta-sales-tax-exemption.html )

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
April 4, 2021 11:31 am

So, do businesses that use other kinds of fuel, like diesel or gasoline, get an exemption? If not, does this not also constitute a violation of the 14th amendment? How about TIFs? Is the 14th amendment even supposed to cover this sort of thing, or is it only about criminal, and perhaps civil law?

eyesonu
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
April 2, 2021 12:31 pm

“Equal Protection Clause” of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.

********

Would this apply to a Caucasian man with regards to unequal treatment due to affirmative actions over the past 40 years?

How about the results of the ‘cancel culture’ in todays activist culture of the political left?

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  eyesonu
April 2, 2021 12:47 pm

You ask a very pertinent and timely question. That question has actually been taken up by the US Supreme Court, without a clear ruling on the subject yet being issued.

See, for example, the article at https://www.crf-usa.org/bill-of-rights-in-action/bria-12-1-b-the-adarand-case-affirmative-action-and-equal-protection .

mario lento
April 2, 2021 12:10 pm

I love the irony. But that conservative side of me does not like the government threatening people with taxes. Still, I can’t help but smile hard at this well written article and the “back at you” to Delta for being anti-American.

Abolition Man
April 2, 2021 12:11 pm

Delta is, like most DemoKKKrats, worried that voter integrity will hinder voter fraud to the point that radical leftists would be unable to implement their corporate socialist agenda! The polls and the evidence show that radical left wing policies are so unpopular that they can only be implemented by the courts or through extensive voter fraud.

Tom Abbott
April 2, 2021 12:58 pm

From the article: “Georgia’s Republican-controlled House on Wednesday voted to revoke a major tax break for Delta Air Lines as punishment for its CEO’s public criticism of the state’s controversial new lawclamping down on ballot access.”

There’s nothing controversial about Georgia’s new voting laws.

Here’s what Georgia officials should do:

Make a comparison between the provisions of the Georgia election law particulars, and *all* the other States in the Union.

What you will find is what the Georgia governor described when he compared Georgia’s new election laws to Joe Biden’s home State, Deleware’s, election laws.

Georgia’s laws are even more liberal than Deleware’s election laws. Joe Biden ought to be criticizing his own State, if he thinks Georgia’s laws are unfair.

The Democrats are demagoguing this issue. They don’t want any restrictions on their election cheating. Anything that restricts their cheating, they call racist. Their favorite method of attack.

n.n
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 2, 2021 1:36 pm

Democrats don’t care about restrictions. Democracy is only useful as long as it is politically congruent. Otherwise, they abort demos-cracy at the twilight fringe and override the popular will through diverse instruments. They do care about spreading disinfromation, stoking diversity, and exploiting sociopolitical and compliant coporate leverage to force competing interests to take a knee.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 2, 2021 9:36 pm

Georgia’s new law actually gives more opportunities to vote than Biden’s home state of Delaware.

Oops! Sorry Tom, I didn’t read all the way through your comment where you stated that.

Last edited 4 months ago by Jeff Alberts
April 2, 2021 1:18 pm

Perhaps a better war tactic would be to revoke the 501 (c) (3) tax status of the The Coco-Cola Foundation and the Delta Airlines Foundation and ban both from financial-instruments disbursements to other 501 (c) (3) “money laundering” organizations! 😀

Reg

bluecat57
April 2, 2021 1:31 pm

When those planes are grounded, they don’t emit.

bluecat57
Reply to  bluecat57
April 2, 2021 1:33 pm

Now, if they could just get them to NOT fly over US airspace that would improve air quality in America even more.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  bluecat57
April 2, 2021 9:37 pm

If they don’t emit, you must acquit.

Tom Abbott
April 2, 2021 1:41 pm

I see where Major League Baseball has announced they will move the baseball all-star game out of Atlanta, Georgia as a protest of Georgia’s new election laws.

The League hasn’t picked a new city for the all-star game yet, and it will be interesting to compare that city and State and their election laws with the Georgia election laws. I’m betting Georgia’s election laws will prove to be just as liberal as any State the Baseball League chooses.

The Left has taken over the Institutions of our Society, even including Major League Baseball.

Remember: The Left eventually ruins everything it touches.

BobM
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 2, 2021 5:49 pm

And now we won’t watch MLB this season. We’ve had practice – haven’t watched an NFL game in a couple of years now due to their disrespect of our National Anthem.

I hear the Atlanta Braves have put out a statement disagreeing with MLB management. I also heard that Delta admitted their CEO made his statement before reading any of the actual bill, and merely regurgitated the fake news about it. Idiot. Delta needs a new CEO.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  BobM
April 2, 2021 7:33 pm

I saw a report that claims pro sports has lost 30 percent of their viewers because the viewers don’t like politics being thrust into their sport pasttime.

They are probably going to lose more viewers now with this stupid dicision to move the All-Star game.

jtom
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 3, 2021 6:35 pm

I would posit that a far greater number of minorities watch pro basketball and pro football than baseball. Moreover, much of spring training and practice games are in the South, which builds the fan base. I would not be surprised to see MLB suffer a much larger loss. They’ve just insulted the majority of their fans.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  BobM
April 2, 2021 9:39 pm

I can’t remember the last time I watched a baseball game. It might have been when I was a kid and liked Johnny Bench, even though I lived in Virginia. So, maybe 50 years?

jtom
Reply to  BobM
April 3, 2021 6:29 pm

Even worse: “ Delta Air Lines told employees they helped write Georgia’s new voting law. They dug in deeper defending their position that they ‘made the bill better’ and refused to criticize it.

Facing online and media controversy, and a supposed-consumer boycott, they’ve now reversed course. After first congratulating themselves on it, and then refusing to criticize it, CEO Ed Bastian now says it’s abhorrent.”

He simply caved in to a vocal minority and the lying left. No integrity. No honesty. Why would shareholders allow a man whose character is so lacking run their company?

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 2, 2021 9:37 pm

And this move by MLB will hurt a LOT of black-owned businesses in Atlanta. Good job!

rovingbroker
April 2, 2021 1:45 pm

Georgia’s Republican-controlled House on Wednesday voted to revoke a major tax break for Delta Air Lines … “

Why is Delta getting this tax break in the first place?

Quid pro quo (“something for something” in Latin ) is a Latin phrase used in English to mean an exchange of goods or services, in which one transfer is contingent upon the other; “a favor for a favor”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quid_pro_quo

What is the state getting from Delta in return? And might not Delta stop giving it — what ever “it” is.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  rovingbroker
April 2, 2021 9:40 pm

Business. A lot of ancillary businesses support airlines and airports. That means sales taxes and the like, lots of them.

Speed
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
April 3, 2021 5:03 am

But the problem is that there is no way to tie tax-breaks to regional economic benefit. Atlanta is large, growing and thriving for a lot of reasons. The Atlanta airport and Delta are large, growing and thriving for a lot of reasons. Drawing a line between tax breaks and Delta’s economic success in Atlanta is at best difficult and likely impossible.

An alternative way to analyze the situation is to ask if there are places that the citizens of Atlanta could have spent the money (or even reduced taxes across the board) and received greater benefit.

Speed
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
April 3, 2021 5:06 am

Tying tax breaks to specific economic benefit is like tying CO2 to a specific amount of “global warming”, ecological damage and economic damage.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  rovingbroker
April 3, 2021 7:02 am

What’s ironic about the Delta airlines involvment is Delta people were actually involved in forming the new election law and pronounced it acceptable just a short time ago, according to reporting on tv this morning.

So Delta liked the election law bill a couple of weeks before the Governor signed it, and then it is claimed that the Forces of Woke came down upon Delta, and Delta folded and proclaimed the Georgia election law unacceptable.

Is the Delta CEO Woke, or is he just spooked by the Woke? It looks like he was spooked, to me. Either way, we get the same outrageous result.

The Left has infected everything with politics and do so deliberately. Their aim is to divide us into little tribes and then pit the tribes against each other, and then they will portray themselves as saviors of the downtrodden and the solution to all our problems.

rovingbroker
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 3, 2021 11:56 am

From today’s WSJ …

What a clumsy emergency landing. Last week Mr. Bastian said that “concerns remain” about the law, while he explained—accurately—that it “expands weekend voting, codifies Sunday voting and protects a voter’s ability to cast an absentee ballot without providing a reason.” He added: “For the first time, drop boxes have also been authorized for all counties statewide.”

What changed in the interim? Could it be that he has bowed to the woke mob, as the path of least political and commercial resistance? Why not stay silent if you don’t know what you’re talking about or can’t stand the heat?

https://www.wsj.com/articles/woke-and-weak-ceos-11617316767?

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  rovingbroker
April 3, 2021 7:20 am

Delta gets sweethearts deals because Atlanta is their main hub terminal and headquarters.

rovingbroker
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
April 3, 2021 9:07 am

Imagine this phone call from Ed Bastian to Keisha Lance Bottoms …

We appreciate all you’ve done for us here in Atlanta but we’re moving our headquarters and most of our traffic to Valdosta. Yes, it’s airport isn’t quite as big but the commute to work is a lot easier plus they promised no taxes for ten years.


jtom
Reply to  rovingbroker
April 3, 2021 6:40 pm

The tax break is given by the state which would include Valdosta. Delta would need to move completely out of state. It is certainly a possibility, but a hugely expensive one.

Joseph Zorzin
April 2, 2021 1:55 pm

Off topic, sorry, but:
“Despite North America’s Recent Deep Freeze, the Heat’s Still On Globally”
https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/despite-north-americas-recent-deep-freeze-the-heats-still-on-globally

“”This was also the 45th consecutive December–February period with temperatures, at least nominally, above average,” according to NOAA.”

duh…. wasn’t there a town on the Prairie Home Companion show where all the children were above average?

Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 2, 2021 2:45 pm

The shamelessness of the report is just breathtaking.

n.n
Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 2, 2021 3:34 pm

It’s chaotic (“evolutionary”), up, down, and, beyond a limited frame of reference, unpredictably around.

H.R.
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 3, 2021 7:50 pm

Every place is warming twice as fast as every other place.

It’s true. I saw it on CNN.
😜

To bed B
April 2, 2021 2:56 pm

If there weren’t such stupid consequences, it would be funny how leftwing media continually harp on about it’s supporter base has a higher IQ, yet millions are disenfranchised unless they can vote without having to give identification, turn up to a polling station, apply for a postal vote or without someone doing everything for them.

stinkerp
April 2, 2021 3:00 pm

but the threat underscores the potential political backlash corporations could face for opposing efforts to restrict improve and expand voting.

Voting rights activists are lobbying major companies to take a stand against elections bills under consideration in key political battlegrounds, where Republicans are moving to erect new barriers to improve voting integrity after record turnout ballot stuffing due to last minute relaxing of voting procedures in 2020 helped Democrats win the White House and the majority in the US Senate

Fixed it. See how much clearer it becomes when it’s not overburdened with lies?

Last edited 4 months ago by stinkerp
Jeff Alberts
Reply to  stinkerp
April 2, 2021 9:47 pm

You’re such a stinker!

Loren C. Wilson
April 2, 2021 3:13 pm

Georgia’s voter identification law will not restrict legal voting, but will reduce the ease of fraudulent absentee voting.

n.n
Reply to  Loren C. Wilson
April 2, 2021 3:31 pm

Yes, in effect, by Coke, Delta, MLB, and Biden protesting common measures that improve democratic integrity and facilitate eligible voters, they are colluding to enable and commit fraud. Not that they CAIR (Catastrophic Athropogenic Immigration Reform). So, hold them jointly and separately accountable. Impeach Biden.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  n.n
April 3, 2021 7:21 am

Zhou Must Go!

Reply to  Loren C. Wilson
April 2, 2021 4:35 pm

LCW:
Yes. There is a big difference between ‘absentee ballots” and “mail-in ballots”.
The second variety is where most of the fraud potential arises.

As to DELTA: its CEO makes a great case for using Southwest Airlines or some other carrier.
Similarly, I’ve stopped watching the NFL (BLM), NBA (BLM & grovelling to China) and now MLB
due to their political stances. Why don’t corporations “stick to their knitting” by just offering a good product at a good price? And leave politics to the (mostly awful) politicians!

btw: I’m also trying to limit what I buy from China after reading about their treatment of Uighurs.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Bill Zipperer
April 2, 2021 9:44 pm

Why don’t corporations “stick to their knitting” by just offering a good product at a good price? And leave politics to the (mostly awful) politicians!”

Because they have “diversity managers” and crap like that, who goad and push from within. If they don’t say the right (meaning left) thing, they’ll get cancelled.

ChrisB
April 2, 2021 3:20 pm

/snip

Last edited 4 months ago by ChrisB
Jeff Alberts
Reply to  ChrisB
April 2, 2021 9:44 pm

Says it all, really.

Jimf
April 2, 2021 4:05 pm

Except of course tax breaks technically aren’t subsidies, they’re tax breaks. Two totally different things

Derg
Reply to  Jimf
April 2, 2021 9:33 pm

Are they reported differently to the IRS?

John Endicott
Reply to  Derg
April 6, 2021 8:10 am

yes.

John Endicott
Reply to  Jimf
April 6, 2021 8:06 am

On a purely technical level you are completely correct. However, as they (tax breaks targeted at businesses and subsidies to businesses) basically accomplish the same goal, they tend to get lumped together and referred to as “subsidies” by most laymen.

S.K.
April 2, 2021 5:27 pm
John the Econ
April 2, 2021 5:28 pm

Does Delta still require the showing of an ID to board one of their planes? Racists!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  John the Econ
April 3, 2021 7:12 am

There’s not much you can do in the United States without an ID.

Claiming requiring a voter ID suppresses the legal vote is just plain wrong.

What requiring voter ID does do is suppress illegal voting.

The Democrats are planning on registering all the illegal aliens they are currently allowing into the country.

All States need to take extra steps to make sure illegal aliens are not allowed to vote in American elections. We need to throw a monkey wrench into the Democrat schemes.

old engineer
April 2, 2021 6:48 pm

So Delta is going to atone for their CO2 sins by buying indulgences in the form of carbon offsets. Oh well, indulgences worked for people in medieval church, I suppose it will work in the Church of Climate Change too. What matters is that you are allowed to keep on sinning.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  old engineer
April 2, 2021 9:46 pm

Oh well, indulgences worked for people in medieval church”

You would need to define “worked”.

ResourceGuy
April 3, 2021 1:24 pm

I hope this leads to a host of bill writing all across the country. It’s brilliant and there are a lot of (millions) of tax exemptions and incentive payments to work on all across the country. I hope it’s a model to slap the virtue signaling hard, especially those that don’t even read the law that they are positioning on..

Stephen Pruett
April 3, 2021 6:27 pm

One small problem with this article. The purpose of the law is not to restrict or suppress or prevent voting. Its purpose is to improve the integrity of the voting system.

jdgalt1
April 3, 2021 8:38 pm

This feels good until one realizes how much mischief can be done by the proponents of “cancel culture” if legislation to punish a company for its political views isn’t categorically banned. My guess is that it will be, on first amendment grounds. But I’m not a lawyer, I just read a lot of law.

ResourceGuy
April 4, 2021 1:34 pm

That CEO needs to resign or be fired.

Liberty Man
April 4, 2021 2:01 pm

Delicious! Like taking candy from a brat.

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