This Week in the Congress

by Myron Ebell on July 24, 2011

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Bill Introduced To Block EU from Forcing U.S. Airlines into Cap-and-Trade Scheme

Representative John L. Mica, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has introduced a bill with strong bipartisan support that would prohibit U. S. airlines from taking part in the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme.  The bill is an attempt to block the European Union from their latest attempt to extend their cap-and-trade scheme beyond the EU.

The EU is trying to force all airlines that fly to airports in European Union member nations into the ETS.  That’s fine for EU-based airlines, but the EU wants to put an indirect energy tax on American and other foreign airlines.  Mica and his co-sponsors are sending a message to Brussels that there is no way the EU is going to get away with it.

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