Today, ALPA and members of the aviation community wrote the Senate Armed Services Committee to urge them to support the military’s work on advanced biofuels in the National Defense Authorization Act. Contrary to the Department of Defense’s stated security needs, language was included by the House of Representatives that would limit these efforts, potentially thwarting our ability to achieve our nation’s energy independence and security goals.
As fuel represents the number one cost to the airline industry, ALPA has long been supportive of policies to support the development of alternative fuels such as the Domestic Fuel for Enhancing National Security Act of 2011 (S. 1079). Today’s letter also notes that, “while aviation operators have the strong incentive of the high cost of fuel to be extremely fuel efficient, they are part of a worldwide aviation coalition that has proposed a “global sectoral approach” to further address aviation carbon emissions through an aggressive set of measures and targets…with an aspirational goal of a 50 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 relative to 2005 levels. Our plan is to achieve these goals through new aircraft technology, sustainable alternative aviation fuels and air traffic management and infrastructure improvements. Each of these pillars is vital, but the contribution of alternative fuels could in fact be a ‘game changer.'”