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US DoT: EU ETS is the 'wrong way to pursue the right objective'

28-Jul-2011 11:41 AM

US Department of Transportation assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs, Susan Kurland, re-expressed the US opposition to the inclusion of US airlines in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (New York Times, 27-Jul-2011). She said that the scheme is the “wrong way to pursue the right objective” and believes that a global approach is superior to a system imposed on from the outside. US lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make it illegal for US airlines to participate in the scheme. The US Department of Transportation said it has several options in the dispute, but has not revealed whether it will file an international complaint with either ICAO or the World Trade Organisation or resolve the problem though the EU-US open skies treaty process.