While the U.S. Senate was taking further action this week to oppose the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), a coalition of industry groups sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urging the Obama Administration to take action against what the group calls the “unilateral and unlawful” EU carbon tax.
The letter was sent as the Senate Commerce Committee approved by voice vote a bill to “prohibit operators of civil aircraft of the U.S. from participating in” the EU-ETS. “There is strong, bipartisan support for ensuring that U.S. passengers, airlines and aircraft operators are not subject to this unlawful scheme, as evidenced by the passage of H.R. 2594 in the House of Representatives and the markup of S. 1956, the ‘European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act,'” the letter concluded. “We appreciate Congress’s action and support, and trust that it will give the Administration further impetus for action.”
In other developments this week, the U.S. government hosted a meeting of countries that are also opposed to the unilateral imposition of the EU-ETS on international aviation.