United chief slams proposed flight tax, EU emissions trading system:

10/27/2011 | Hill, The · Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

United CEO Jeff Smisek attacked the Obama administration's tax proposals, saying they are "major impediments" to airlines' growth. "If this crushing $35 billion of additional taxes becomes law, we will have no choice but to raise fares, reduce service, eliminate service to some communities and reduce the size of our workforce," Smisek said. He also criticized the European Union's proposed emissions trading system, describing it as "an extraterritorial, unilaterally imposed patchwork tax rather than a unified global solution for aviation emissions."

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