with international trade agreements, he said.
The Florida congressman said the fact that both the House and Senate passed bills with bipartisan support likely piled enough pressure on the EU for it to back down from applying its law.
TRADE WAR WARNING
Democratic Representative Henry Waxman, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, called the bill counterproductive on the House floor.
Rather than doing something constructive to address global warming, we are going to start a trade war with the Europeans, he said.
Waxman authored a bill that would have created an economy-wide carbon cap-and-trade program that passed the House in 2009, but failed to win support in the Senate.
Waxman warned that the bill would interfere with efforts under ICAO to broker an international agreement by next autumn.
Isaac Valero-Ladron, a spokesman for the European Commission, said the United States needs to prove it is serious about contributing to a global solution to address rising emissions from the aviation sector.
Opponents of the inclusion of our legislation have always said that a global solution under ICAO is the way to go. The EU has done its part. Now it's up to the U.S. to show that they are serious about pushing for a global solution, he said.