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Senate Passes Bill to Shield U.S. Airlines From EU Emissions Trading Program

September 25, 2012 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

By Andrew Childers

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Senate has passed by unanimous consent a bill to bar the European Union from including U.S. airlines in a carbon dioxide emissions trading system.

The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011 (S. 1956) would prohibit U.S. airline companies from participating in the EU greenhouse gas emissions trading program for aircraft. The bill, which the Senate passed Sept. 22, would authorize the Transportation Department and Federal Aviation Administration to negotiate a global approach to address aircraft emissions instead.

“Congress has sent a strong message to the EU that they cannot unilaterally impose an illegitimate tax on the United States,” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who sponsored the bill, said in a statement. “I am pleased the Senate was able to reach a bipartisan agreement on this bill without compromising the intent of this legislation, which is protecting American sovereignty. The Senate’s action today will help ensure that U.S. air carriers and passengers will not be paying down European debt through this illegal tax and can instead be investing in creating jobs and stimulating our own economy.”

An aviation industry official told BNA Sept. 24 the House could take up the Thune bill as early as the week of Nov. 12…

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