ALPA, Others Ask President to Seek ICAO Help with EU ETS
The Air Line
Pilots Association, Int’l, and 18 other airline industry stakeholders on
September 17 sent a
joint letter to President Barack Obama, requesting that he initiate an
Article 84 proceeding with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The group is asking for the president’s assistance in addressing complaints
regarding the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS).
The letter explains, “An Article 84 proceeding under the Chicago Convention
is the dispute mechanism to which all 191 ICAO Member States have agreed by
treaty.” By initiating an Article 84 proceeding, President Obama would be asking
ICAO’s Council to intervene to address an issue the United States and the EU
have not been able to resolve themselves.
The group contends that the EU ETS breaches U.S.
sovereignty and adds that “draining away any funds through taxation or
cap-and-trade schemes to general government funds reduces the ability of our
industry to limit emissions.”
The letter concludes, “Filing an Article 84 action at ICAO has worked to
address difficult environmental issues before and the United States should take
the lead again. We believe the Administration has all the tools necessary to
prevent the EU from implementing its unilateral scheme . . .”
For more details on this story, see the October 2012 issue of Air Line