US House passes amendment in new move against EU ETS

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The US House of Representatives has passed an amendment that will prevent authorities from using funds to impose the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS) on US carriers, in the latest move in the US Congress' fight against the controversial scheme.

The amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill would prevent the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration from using funds to impose the scheme on US carriers.

The House approved legislation last year that would require the Transportation Secretary to prohibit US carriers from taking part in the ETS, which came into effect on 1 January 2012. A similar bill has been introduced in the Senate.

Trade association Airlines for America (A4A) welcomed the House's passing of the amendment, saying: "we urge the Senate to take similar action, and we also encourage the administration to file a legal challenge, forcing the EU to work toward a global sectoral approach through the International Civil Aviation Organisation."