ALPA Applauds House Passage of EU ETS Prohibition Act
The Air Line
Pilots Association, Int’l, applauds passage of the bipartisan Thune-McCaskill
European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) Prohibition Act (S. 1956) by
the U.S. House of Representatives today. S. 1956 provides the U.S. Secretary of
Transportation with the authority to prohibit U.S. carriers from participating
in the EU ETS. The legislation will now be sent to the president.
“We urge President Obama to swiftly sign this bill into law. By doing so, he
will protect U.S. air carriers from paying an illegal tax and safeguard American
jobs and the sovereignty of our nation,” said ALPA president, Capt. Lee Moak.
“We thank members of Congress for supporting this bill, which will allow the
International Civil Aviation Organization [ICAO] to focus its efforts on
creating a global solution to reducing aircraft emissions.”
Under the EU ETS, all airlines using EU airports would be required to pay
significant taxes for each ton of carbon used over historical emissions. The EU
ETS could cost U.S. carriers an estimated $3.1 billion over the next 10 years,
which could lead to lost airline jobs.
Yesterday, the European Commission proposed “freezing” the application of the EU
ETS for flights to or from Europe until after the triennial ICAO meeting in
October 2013. The proposal comes after tremendous pressure from ALPA,
Congress, airlines, consumers, and other aviation organizations to protect
airlines from the EU ETS.
ALPA has been in strong support of the EU ETS Prohibition Act (S. 1956) since
its introduction. The Senate unanimously passed the bill in September.