Posted on October 6, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Contentious meeting ends with small step forward
A passenger jet flies above the mountains of Greenland. bberwyn photo.
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — The international aviation community last week took another small step toward capping greenhouse gas emissions by agreeing to develop a global market-based measure to cap international aviation’s carbon pollution at 2020 levels.
The International Civil Aviation Organization
agreed to finalize what will likely be a cap and trade
emissions program by 2016 in a meeting that was marked by uncertainty until the very end, according to Environmental Defense Fund
attorney Annie Petsonk, who has been watch-dogging the aviation industry.
According to the EDF, if aviation were a country, it would rank among the world’s top ten largest emitters, and it is one of the fastest growing sources of global warming pollution. Continue reading
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Posted on November 28, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
The debate about controlling airline emissions rages on.
Conservation groups pin hopes on global airline emissions deal
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Obama administration may be talking the talk on climate change, but it’s not clear if the president is ready to walk the walk — especially after signing into law a bill that was partly driven by Jim Inhofe, the U.S. Senate’s most infamous global warming denier.
The new law gives federal officials the ability to prevent U.S. airlines from complying with European Union airline emissions regulations — rules that have been suspended for a year while the International Civil Aviation Organization tries to develop a global mechanism for controlling airline emissions.
Obama’s signature of the measure drew a mixed response, with some groups panning the president for his actions, while others said they are hopeful that the U.S. will help lead the aviation community to a solution. Continue reading
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Posted on September 25, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
U.S. airlines don’t want to play by EU rules, and Congress has their back.
Bill would allow U.S. airlines to disobey duly passed carbon cap regulations
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Congress didn’t accomplish much the past few months, but in one of its last acts before recessing for the upcoming campaign season, the U.S. Senate did manage to throw a monkey wrench into European Union plans to try and cap greenhouse gas emissions from passenger jets.
That’s symbolic for a Congress that has been focused primarily on obstruction for the past two years, and shows how U.S. politicians are out of touch with the global move to try and tackle global warming. That’s probably why the bill was was passed under cover of the night — at 2 a.m. Saturday, to be exact, when nobody was looking. Continue reading
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