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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EU Aviation Tax, Transportation Deal, Exxon $1bn Penalty Reversal

EU lawmakers backed a Commission plan to suspend for a year a law that would make all airlines using EU airports pay for their carbon emissions. The committee said that the suspension could be prolonged beyond a year, but only if clear and sufficient progress were made at the International … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Airlines in ETS, BP Felony Charges, Black Elk

President Obama has signed into law a bill that excludes US airlines from European carbon emissions taxes in the EU ETS. The US airline industry argued that the rules – which the EU put on hold earlier this month – were unfair because they would have been applied to the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Romney Wind Credit Stance, Enbridge Line 14, Airline Bill Passed

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would allow the wind energy tax credit to expire. President Obama is in favor of extending the credit, which is estimated to cost the federal government $1.6 billion this year. This costs less than the combined tax subsidies for oil, coal and natural gas by … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Rule Upheld, EU Aviation Law, UK Renewable Subsidies

A federal appeals court upheld the EPA’s 2010 National Ambient Air Quality Standards, which limit nitrogen dioxide emissions near major roadways. The 100 parts-per-billion limit is intended to reduce smog, updating a Clean Air standard from 1971. The American Petroleum Institute led opposition to the rule and had sued to … Read more »