US iterates oppostion to EU's proposed tax on airline emissions

Published: Friday 15 June 2007

The us recently iterated its opposition to a European proposal to make foreign airlines pay a premium for aircraft emissions. It claims that this method of reducing greenhouse gases would hurt economic growth. The us transportation secretary Mary Peters announced this on May 12 in a hearing in the us House of Representatives.

The European Union (eu) plans to impose a cap on carbon dioxide emissions for all planes arriving or departing from eu airports, and allow airlines to buy and sell 'pollution credits' under the eu Emissions Trading Scheme. The matter has been debated since European Commission introduced a legislation to aviation cess in December 2006. The us said the cap was unnecessary since domestic aircraft were becoming fuel-efficient and less polluting.

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