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James C. May, the president and CEO of the Air Transport Association (ATA), a trade association for US airlines, has testified before the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on climate change and energy independence.
May claimed that airlines are carbon efficient, and said that although US commercial aviation contributes about 2% of domestic greenhouse gas emissions, it also drives USD3.4bn in US economic activity every day.
The ATA CEO also said that airlines are continuing to work to improve fuel efficiency through fuel conservation programmes and the industry has already improved fuel efficiency by 35% since 2001.
May called for congressional leadership and action and for Congress to support fair funding for a modernised air traffic control system to allow more direct aircraft routes and reduce fuel and emissions by 10-15% per flight, and he also asked Congress to continue to support the efforts of the International Civil Aviation Organisation to further address aviation's contribution to climate change in a global context.
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