U.S. stiffens opposition to EU law on aviation emissions

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 6:25pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate lawmakers and the Obama administration on Wednesday stiffened their opposition to a European law that targets emissions from commercial jetliners and applied new pressure on Brussels and the United Nations to resolve global concerns.

In a rare display of election-year bipartisanship, Democratic and Republican members of the Commerce Committee and the administration's top transportation official called the EU standard that puts a price on pollution unworkable.

"The European Union acted because it believes it needed to make a bold effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and I understand why they did so. But, I believe that their unilateral action is likely not sustainable by international law," the panel's chairman, Jay Rockefeller, said at a hearing. "I support the goals, but I have to oppose the action."



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