Associated Press
October 25, 2011

BRUSSELS — The European Union insisted Tuesday it will enforce a new law that imposes an emissions cap-and-trade program on airlines flying to and from Europe, despite angry opposition from the U.S. Congress.

“We do not intend to modify our adopted legislation (but) the commission is of course open to discuss other partners’ concerns on how we will implement our legislation,” said Isaac Valero-Ladron, spokesman for the EU’s climate agency.

Starting Jan. 1, the EU plans to include all airlines flying to and from its 27 member countries in its cap-and-trade program — a move that will eventually force the carriers to pay for their emissions of carbon dioxide, a so-called greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. The restrictions are designed to encourage airlines to switch to cleaner fuels or economize on fuel consumption.

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