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Congress spares U.S. airlines from paying European pollution fees


In one of its last votes before the fall campaign recess, the Senate approved a bill that will shield U.S. airlines from having to pay a carbon tax to European authorities on transatlantic flights. That means each passenger will save a few dollars on a ticket to Europe, since carriers were likely to pass the fees on to travelers. The EU regulation, which went into effect earlier this year, charges several hundred dollars or more per flight based on its total flying distance, not just the portion of the flight over the EU. The money is meant to go toward alternative energy efforts. But the U.S. and more than a dozen other countries have protested the tax as a violation of international law.