Hultgren-Backed Bill Protecting U.S. Airlines From European Carbon Tax Passes House
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today issued the following release after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 2594, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011. The bill would prohibit U.S. airlines from paying the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), an emissions tax set to be introduced next year.
“Today, the House of Representatives spoke out in defense of U.S. airlines, defending them from a costly and burdensome emissions tax levied by the European Union – a true scheme designed to punish our domestic airlines servicing international routes,” said Hultgren, an original cosponsor of the bill. “Our commonsense bill, passed with bipartisan support, prohibits U.S. airlines from following the E.U.’s diktats, which violate both international law and American sovereignty.”
“IATA commends the US Congress for taking action to prohibit the enforcement of the illegal and extraterritorial European Union Emissions Trading Scheme on US carriers,” said Doug Lavin, Regional Vice President, North America, International Air Transport Association. “H.R. 2594 rightly recognizes the importance of a global, sectoral approach through ICAO for aviation emissions as opposed to a patchwork of schemes simply designed to raise revenue from airlines. We commend Congressman Hultgren for his continued leadership on this important issue.”
Congressman Hultgren has been involved in the effort to protect U.S. airlines from the punitive ETS all year; in March, he succeeded in having language similar to H.R. 2594 included in an amendment to H.R. 658, the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act, which passed the House by a vote of 223-196 on April 1.