State Department: "No position" yet on EU carbon caps for airlines

03/27/2009 | Air Transport World

A State Department official says the Obama administration has not yet staked out a position on Europe's carbon-trading scheme, a plan that would affect U.S. airlines starting in 2012. "No position has been taken," Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs John Byerly said at an aviation conference on Thursday. Byerly did express concern at efforts by House Transportation Committee Chairman James Oberstar, D-Minn., to tighten the rules for airline alliances, noting that such a move could provoke "some significant responses" from countries with which the U.S. has reached open skies agreements.

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