EU carbon fees: US bill to shield airlines
The bill, which was the first piece of legislation to be debated on the House floor after a pre-election recess, directs the transportation secretary to decide to shield U.S. airlines from Europe's carbon emissions trading system if he deems it necessary.
The EU said on Monday it would stop the clock on enforcing its law to create a positive atmosphere for international talks on an alternative global plan to tackle airline emissions.
We are notifying the EU that we are not going to support the scheme, and in fact we want a ... long-term solution, but we will not allow the United States to be held hostage, said Representative John Mica, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee.
The bill already cleared the Senate in a unanimous vote in September and will be sent to President Barack Obama for signature.
The White House has not yet taken a position on the bill.
Mica said that despite the EU concession to put its law on hold for one year while the U.N.'s civil aviation body crafts a global framework to address the sector's emissions, the United States had to prevent it from imposing its law again a year from now.
The governing council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) concluded a meeting last Friday,
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