Senate Panel Wants Airlines Barred From EU Emissions Program

Law360, New York (July 31, 2012, 11:31 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Tuesday passed a bill that prohibits U.S. airlines from participating in the European Commission’s cap-and-trade aviation emissions program, advancing efforts to free airlines from having to pay billions of dollars to the European Union to offset their fuel emissions.

The bill, called the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act, specifically gives the secretary of transportation the power to bar U.S. airlines from participating in the EU’s program. Already approved by the U.S. House of Representatives, the...
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