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Obama shields fliers from tax

December 3, 2012
The Leader Herald

President Barack Obama and some in Congress don't seem to worry about low- and moderate-income Americans who may suffer from government efforts to curb climate change.

But people with the means to vacation in Europe - well, that's a different story.

The Obama administration's proposals to limit carbon emissions from power plants and other industries could drive electric rates up for tens of millions of families and businesses.

Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency want to reduce carbon emissions, which would help the climate in various ways.

European Union officials also want to charge airlines for carbon emissions from their planes. U.S. airliners flying to Europe would pay the taxes, which could cost as much as $300 million a year.

That cost would have to be passed on to both U.S. vacationers and business people traveling to Europe.

However, Obama recently signed a bill excluding U.S. airlines from the tax.

Do Obama and other lawmakers think climate change isn't enough of a threat to force Americans to pay more to fly to Europe?



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