U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill wants to protect Missouri consumers against an unfair, regulatory overreach by the European Union (E.U.).
Since January, airline carriers landing in or departing from the E.U., including flights between the U.S. and the E.U., have been subject to the E.U. Emissions Trading System (E.U. ETS), an emissions trading program that levies a tax on U.S. airline carriers to help European countries reach their own internal goals for carbon emissions. The E.U.'s emissions tax has no equivalent in U.S. law.
In response, McCaskill is backing a bipartisan bill to protect U.S. airlines from being forced to participate in any emissions trading program unilaterally established by the E.U. S. 1956, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act, would prevent the E.U. from unilaterally imposing an emissions tax on U.S. airlines while in U.S. airspace.
"It is absurd that the E.U. has any authority to levy a tax on U.S. airlines in U.S. airspace," McCaskill said. "I want to keep this economic recovery moving in the right direction, and an unfair tax levied on our companies by other countries isn't the way to do that."
McCaskill is the first Senate Democrat to sign onto the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act, sponsored by Senator John Thune (R-S.D.).
McCaskill has been a vocal opponent of the failed "Cap & Trade" energy policies proposed in Congress, saying that consumers already struggling financially would pay a steep price for energy policies that punish states that rely heavily on coal.
Partly citing her record on energy, the respected, nonpartisan news magazine National Journal recently ranked McCaskill exactly in the moderate middle of the U.S. Senate, #50 out of 100.