A bipartisan coalition in Congress is going after a European Union scheme to impose carbon taxes on Americans flying to and from Europe, overwhelmingly approving a bill to stop the “illegal” tax. The EU’s CO2 regime is so unpopular that governments around the world and even the United Nations have also asked the bloc to back down.
The European carbon plan would force all airlines flying to or from Europe — regardless of where they took off or their destination — to participate in the EU’s “Emissions Trading System.” Due to begin in January of next year, the scheme means each flight would have to acquire so-called “carbon credits” to offset the CO2 released during flight.
The House bill to prohibit U.S. airlines from paying the taxes, known as the “European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act” (H.R. 2594), was introduced by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla,, photo). It quickly found broad bipartisan support and was passed by a voice vote late last month.
“The European Union’s extraterritorial action is inconsistent with long-established international law and practice … and directly infringes on the sovereignty of the United States,” the legislation reads. If approved by the Senate and signed by President Obama, the Secretary of Transportation would have to prevent American commercial airlines from participating.
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