H.R. 2594

(With thanks to Alfred for his tip on the Tips/Stories page)

A seemingly innocuous title maybe, but one that conceals a course of action that could signal the start of a trade war between the EU and the United States, at a time when Brussels is firefighting sovereign debt crises and staring down the barrel of the Euro disintegrating.

In the US House of Representatives, House Resolution 2594 was introduced in July this year.  It read:

To prohibit operators of civil aircraft of the United States from participating in the European Union’s emissions trading scheme, and for other purposes.

In other words, the US Government is making it illegal for American airline operators to pay the EU’s tax on aircraft carbon emissions.  The full details of the Bill are shown below:

In a rare show of bi-partisan cooperation, the Republicans and Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the Bill unanimously.  It now goes before the Senate and if it passes there all that stands between it being rejected or becoming law is the signature of President Obama.  Among the key paragraphs of the Bill are these two notable assertions used as justification for the US position:

(3) The European Union’s extraterritorial action is inconsistent with long-established international law and practice, including the Chicago Convention of 1944 and the Air Transport Agreement between the United States and the European Union and its member states, and directly infringes on the sovereignty of the United States.

(6) There is no assurance that ETS revenues will be used for aviation environmental purposes by the European Union member states that will collect them.

It is not just the US lining up against the EU on this matter.  In the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) no less than 26 countries are opposed to the EU’s arbitrary measure.

After years of acting with impunity against the interests of the citizens of the member states, the EU now finds itself facing proper concerted opposition to its behaviour.  This could become part of a snowball effect as Brussels comes under attack from multiple directions on multiple issues and add to a sense of crisis across the political class within the bloc.  We are now living in what the Chinese call ‘interesting times’.

7 Responses to “H.R. 2594”

  1. 1 William 01/11/2011 at 10:44 am

    Good. It’s about time.

  2. 2 maureen gannon 01/11/2011 at 12:44 pm

    YES Common sense is not dead.
    A report in the week showed that there has been no global warming for the last 13 years, I have always felt this scaremongering is a form of control lets face it the EU is replacing the USSR.

  3. 3 IanPJ 01/11/2011 at 5:50 pm

    US protectionism is what they have always done. Remember they passed a law way back making it illegal to overfly the US at supersonic speed immediately after Boeing dropped its version of Concorde.

    It has always been thus, the US tells the world if you are not going to play ball our way, then we take the ball away.

  4. 4 Dave H 01/11/2011 at 7:39 pm

    If the EU wants to make things more interesting, they just need to make it illegal for passenger details to be collected in Europe and handed over to the US. That will then stop all airlines flying between the two continents.

  5. 5 Martin Brumby 01/11/2011 at 7:50 pm


    You may be right. But I would welcome any opposition from any quarter to the EU’s ludicrous and venal greenie tax grab on aviation.

    Even if you are daft enough to think there is even a glimmer of evidence for the cAGW theory, there will be no measurable reduction in increased “global temperatures” arising from the imposition of these taxes. But the EU’s position is absolutely at one with the statement of the execrable Caroline Lucas MP and her thesis that someone taking the family for a holiday in Spain is morally equivalent to someone stabbing a stranger in the street. (Whilst not hesitating herself to fly off to “conferences” and “meetings” at the taxpayer’s expense.

    Let’s hope that the Yanks, not for the first time, get us out of the mess into which our incompetent and malicious politicians have got us.

  6. 6 IanPJ 01/11/2011 at 8:21 pm

    Dave H,
    That is probably the most sensible idea I have heard in a long time. The US need the air traffic more than us, and just why is the PNR data not reciprocal anyway..

  7. 7 Ian 01/11/2011 at 10:44 pm

    The BBC will be in shock for years….at how His Obamaness was misled on environmental matters by wicked white men.

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