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    Senate Votes To Shield US Airlines From EU Carbon Scheme

    The Senate unanimously passed a bill on Saturday that would shield U.S. airlines from paying for their carbon emissions on European flights, pressuring the European Union to back down from applying its emissions law to foreign carriers.

    The European Commission has been enforcing its law since January to make all airlines take part in its Emissions Trading Scheme to combat global warming, prompting threats of a trade fight.

    The Senate approved the bill shortly after midnight, as it scrambled to complete business to recess ahead of the November 6 congressional and presidential elections.

    Republican Senator John Thune, a sponsor of the measure, said it sent a "strong message" to the EU that it cannot impose taxes on the United States.

    "The Senate's action today will help ensure that U.S. air carriers and passengers will not be paying down European debt through this illegal tax and can instead be investing in creating jobs and stimulating our own economy," Thune said in a statement.

    Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, the measure's other chief sponsor, said, "It's refreshing to see strong, bipartisan support for the commonsense notion that Americans shouldn't be forced to pay a European tax when flying in U.S. airspace."

    The House of Representatives has passed a similar measure, and could either work out differences with the Senate's version or accept the Senate bill when Congress returns for a post-election session.

    Clark Stevens, a White House spokesman, said the administration is reviewing the bill. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Senate votes to shield U.S. airlines from EU's carbon scheme | Reuters

    unanimous, huh?

    how very narrow minded of our senators from both parties

    to put national rivalries ahead of the existential threat posed by global warming...

    everyone needs to do his or her fair share?

    not on a flight to brussels, apparently

    obama's biggest tactical error, perhaps, was his decision to cram cap and trade thru the house before pushing obamacare

    the mandate he rightly won in november, 08, was thereby squandered

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    Re: Senate Votes To Shield US Airlines From EU Carbon Scheme

    The system is broken and does not represent the people anymore. Just the fatheads in DC. (Not a Conserv) The liberals claim to be green but this is not green.
    "Those who do not learn from history and condemned to relive it".

    "There are those who will debate the necessity of wilderness, I will not, either you know it in your bones or you are very very old". Aldo Leopold - Sand County Almanac

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    Re: Senate Votes To Shield US Airlines From EU Carbon Scheme

    Don't know how to respond, I don't know if you are being sarcastic or serious.

    Personally, I don't see a problem with the bill.
    Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.

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