As Senate Republicans and Democrats Wednesday slammed a European Union directive charging all airlines that enter European airspace for carbon emissions, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) blamed the dispute over the cap-and-trade system on America’s failure to support global climate change initiatives.
“If this wasn’t so sad you might laugh at what’s going on here, because it really represents a failure over 20-plus years of people to be serious about an issue,” Kerry said during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on the European emissions trading scheme (ETS).
“The truth is we dragged our feet. The United States of America has been one of the principal foot-draggers in this entire [emissions control] effort.”