EU rebukes US Congress over airline emissions rules

Oct 25, 2011

The European Union called on the United States on Tuesday to respect EU laws after US lawmakers voted to prevent American airlines from following Europe's carbon emissions rules.

The EU will require all airlines from January 1 to buy carbon permits when they fly into and out of the 27-nation bloc, but the US House of Representatives directed the US government to stop carriers from abiding.

"We are confident that the US will respect EU law, as EU always respects US law," EU climate action commissioner Connie Hedegaard wrote on the Twitter micro-blogging website.

The US bill, which must also clear the US Senate and be signed by President to become law, also directs top US officials to undertake talks to ensure that US operators of civil aircraft are "held harmless" from the plan.

Hedegaard's spokesman said the EU would press ahead with its plans despite the vote in the United States.

"We do not intend to modify our adopted legislation," said the spokesman, Isaac Valero-Ladron. "The is of course open to discuss other partners' concerns on how we will implement our legislation."

US airlines are challenging the rules before the EU's Court of Justice, arguing that they violate international climate change and aviation agreements.

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1.3 / 5 (13) Oct 25, 2011
Ah another stealth tax by the EUSSR.

Let's hope these ruinous bureaucrats have little time left to loot.
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Oct 25, 2011
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4.6 / 5 (9) Oct 27, 2011
Oliver Manuel's recent efforts to plaster Physorg.com and other public news sites with his theories and personal URLs are a bit puzzling, as scientists have a variety of publications available to communicate directly to each other in. My best guess is that he is desperately trying to prop up his legacy in light of his arrest in his university office on 7 charges of rape and sodomy based on allegations by 4 of his own children. The charges have been reduced to one count of felony attempted sodomy, not necessarily because of his innocence, but because of the statute of limitations. One can only guess how the recent charges and decades of family strife have affected his ability to reason rationally and to remain objective while defending his unpopular theories.

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MarkyMark
5 / 5 (8) Oct 27, 2011
Ah another stealth tax by the EUSSR.

Let's hope these ruinous bureaucrats have little time left to loot.


Heh still taking it up the butt for Palin i see

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