ALPA and other airline industry stakeholders today applauded President Barack Obama’s signing of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act, legislation that authorizes the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to prohibit U.S. airlines from participating in the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
“By signing this bill into law, President Obama has acted to protect our national sovereignty, U.S. airlines and American jobs,” said ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak. “We want to thank President Obama and members of Congress—particularly Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and John Thune (R-SD)—for taking a stand against this illegal tax, whose proceeds were never even intended to address aircraft greenhouse gas emissions or further environmental protections.”
ALPA launched a full scale campaign complete with a Call to Action, Congressional testimony, press releases, and Capitol Hill visits by pilot Legislative Affairs representatives. Earlier this month, the EU postponed the ETS to allow the triennial meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to continue its ongoing effort to develop and vote on a global sectorial approach to decrease commercial aircraft emissions.
“ICAO is the most appropriate venue to address the issue of global aircraft emissions standards,” said Capt. Moak. “A single, international policy should be determined to safeguard against regional efforts to generate new sources of income.”