To prohibit operators of civil aircraft of the United States from participating in the European Union's emissions trading scheme, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following: (1) The European Union has unilaterally imposed an emissions trading scheme (in this section referred to as the ``ETS'') on non-European Union aircraft flying to and from, as well as within, Europe. (2) United States airlines and other United States aircraft operators will be required under the ETS to pay for European Union emissions allowances for aircraft operations within the United States, over other non-European Union countries, and in international airspace for flights serving the European Union. (3) The European Union's extraterritorial action is inconsistent with long-established international law and practice, including the Chicago Convention of 1944 and the Air Transport Agreement between the United States and the European Union and its member states, and directly infringes on the sovereignty of the United States. (4) The European Union's action undermines ongoing efforts at the International Civil Aviation Organization to develop a unified, worldwide approach to reducing aircraft greenhouse gas emissions and has generated unnecessary friction within the international civil aviation community as it endeavors to reduce such emissions. (5) The European Union and its member states should instead work with...