July 19, 2011

Transportation Leaders to Hold Press Conference on EU Emissions Trading Legislation Tomorrow

Washington, DC – U.S. House Transportation Committee leaders will hold a press conference tomorrow, July 20th, to discuss the introduction of bipartisan legislation regarding the European Union’s unilateral decision to require participation of U.S. air carriers and other operators in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme.

Committee members will detail the bill’s provisions that challenge European Union plans to impose a costly fee or emissions credit purchase on any civil aviation operators arriving or departing EU airports.  Beginning on January 1, 2012, airlines will be forced to participate in this carbon dioxide emissions trading scheme despite the objections of the United States Government. U.S. airlines have also challenged the policy before the European Court of Justice as a violation of international law.

U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL), Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), Committee Ranking Member
U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), Aviation Subcommittee Chairman
U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL), Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Democrat
Other Transportation Committee & Congressional Members

Press Conference on legislation regarding the EU emissions trading scheme

10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 20, 2011

2253 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Note: TV crews may use mult box, but remote microphones may provide better sound quality.

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