PHL-CAW
12/06/2007
  Petition seeks curbs on aviation emissions
The Air Transport Association (ATA) claims of emission reduction is contradicted by Tyndall Centre for Climate Change and FOE Europe in recent reports. The EU and FOE predict that by 2030 in the most pessimistic scenario, all available emission credits in the European Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) will need to be purchased by the aviation industry.

Avation Global Warning

The Clean Air Association of the Northeast States (NESCAUM) study of 2003 states that in the period between 1970 and 1998, while all industry and automobile emissions increased by only 3% or less overall, aviation emissions rose by 133% in the same time period.

EPA certifies new aircraft engines by standards set by the industry. Aircraft emissions emitted at the nation's airports are not regulated, monitored or controlled by EPA or any other agency delegated responsibility by EPA in individual states. FAA cites safety and freedom of international commerce clauses to obfuscate their responsibility to the American Public to protect public health and the environment.

Airport sponsors and their consultants lie to the public about the true effects of their operations. EPA needs to take a proactive role NOW to curb the industry mindset of more is better, expansionism at all cost, free flight and the like since the deleterious environmental effects of aviation are already beyond a tolerable limit.

EPA has shirked its responsibility by turning a blind eye to the lies and rhetoric of FAA and airport sponsors in their expansion programs and justification in purpose and need by claiming increased operations with or without projects.

Thank you to Jerry Brown and the Friends of the Earth South Coast Group for continuing to address this critical issue.

Debi Wagner
US - Citizens Aviation Watch


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Petition seeks curbs on plane emissions
The complaint says aircraft account for 12 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. transportation sources and 3 percent of the nation's total such emissions. The United States is responsible for nearly half of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft. Aircraft emit other chemicals, and together the pollution has a greater global warming impact than if the emissions were at ground level. The Federal Aviation Administration expects domestic aircraft emissions to rise by 60 percent by 2025, according to the petition.

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