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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thune, Blakey React to EU Emissions Trading Scheme Suspension

As the House prepares to vote on legislation that would exempt U.S. airlines from the European Union’s emissions trading scheme, both the Republican sponsor of the Senate’s version of the bill and a leading aerospace industry trade group have reacted to the EU’s decision to “stop the clock” on its original policy.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said he wanted a full repeal of the EU’s carbon emission tax on foreign airlines. Thune and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) co-sponsored the Senate’s version of the bill that the House will take a vote for Tuesday.

“While I am pleased the EU has temporarily suspended its efforts to unilaterally impose a tax on our airlines flying over U.S. and international airspace, the EU’s announcement does not rule out future efforts to tax foreign carriers," said Thune.

Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion Blakey had a similar reaction, stating her organization supports the passage of the bill.

“While AIA recognizes and applauds this important development, Ms. Hedegaard’s plan must still be approved by the European Parliament and Ministers. It is also important to note that her proposal pauses, but does not repeal, the ETS law. Consequently, AIA continues to support the need for the passage of S.1956: European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011,” said Blakey. 

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