As a former senator, John Kerry frequently spoke out on behalf of the environment. Now, as the Secretary of State, he has the opportunity to make progress on climate change.
International leaders at the International Civil Aviation Organization are currently negotiating an agreement to decrease harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation sector. Secretary Kerry, or his designee, will have the opportunity to join these collaborative efforts and establish a cooperative solution that benefits public health and the planet.
Last year, as you may recall, airlines pushed for and Congress passed legislation giving the government the authority to prohibit U.S. airlines from complying with the European Union's climate law. Now, the EU program has been scaled back to apply only within EU airspace. This not only satisfies Congress's concerns with the EU law, but makes way for an international agreement to reduce global emissions from the sector.
The aviation sector should not be exempted from attempts to combat climate change. Technologies are available to build better engines and lighter materials. Such measures will not only decrease the emissions of harmful gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide but will also save costs on fuel.
Secretary Kerry can advance President Obama’s mission to create solutions that mitigate climate change and ultimately keep our environment safe. Tell Secretary Kerry to act now.