Friday, December 23, 2011

Global Warming?? - #3515 - Goodbye Blue Sky - European Courts Back Law Forcing Emission Trading Scheme on U.S Airlines - The Blaze

International airlines lost a fight against the European Union’s (EU) planned expansion of its carbon cap-and-trade system, to which Europe’s highest court gave unreserved backing on Wednesday. The court’s ruling came after United Continental Holdings, American Airlines, and the Air Transport Association of America challenged the EU’s attempt to extend the world’s largest cap-and-trade program beyond its borders. At a hearing in July, the airlines said the plan to extend the EU carbon market to flights that depart from or arrive at an airport in the region was unlawful. Despite their efforts, the EU Court of Justice “confirms the validity of the directive that includes aviation” in the emissions-trading program, the Luxembourg court ruled today.Application of the emissions trading scheme to aviation infringes neither the principles of customary international law at issue, nor the open-skies agreement,” the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said. EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, who has used the carbon trading scheme is one of her “main weapons to combat climate change,” gleefully welcomed the decision.  Read more.........

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