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Congressional Legislation Details

Title as Introduced:

Sen. Thune's Bill to Keep E.U. Carbon Taxes Off the Backs of U.S. Airlines

Bill Number:



The bill prohibits U.S. civil aircraft from collecting taxes related to the European Union's Emissions Trading System, a cap-and-trade system that took effect on airlines on January 1, 2012.

Bill Sponsor


Our Position:

We support this bill.
Dear Senator Thune,

On behalf of more than 1.9 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I write in strong support of S. 1956, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act. The bill prevents the European Union (EU) from imposing a carbon tax on flights in U.S. airspace.

In 2005, the EU launched its Emissions Trading System, a “cap-and-trade” program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The scheme is pretty simple: total emissions of greenhouse gases would be capped, and a specified number of “emissions allowances” would be made available for sale. Factories and power plants that emit greenhouse gases are forced by law to buy allowances in order to operate, though they are free to trade for allowances with other emitters. For years, AFP has explained that this is nothing more than an attempt to use carbon taxes as a guise to grow government. This EU carbon tax was expanded to include airlines on January 1, 2012.

Click here to read the rest of AFP's Letter of Support!


Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.


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