The Air Transport Association is urging U.S. negotiators to oppose the International Air Passenger Adaptation Levy, which would fund climate-change projects in developing countries through a $10 billion airline tax. "We should not be considered a piggy bank for developing countries," ATA President and CEO James May said. In a letter to Todd Stern, the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, May wrote: "This hefty new tax would be counterproductive, siphoning away to the developing countries the very funds that the U.S. airlines need to continue to invest in new aircraft, retrofits, alternative fuel and other upgrades critical to the airlines' environmental performance and the U.S. economy."
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