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White House rejects idea of US carbon tax

15 Nov 2012, 7.02 pm GMT

Washington, 15 November (Argus) — The White House today ruled out pushing for a carbon tax to reduce US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during President Barack Obama's second term.

“We would never propose a carbon tax, and have no intention of proposing one,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

The question came up as the president was traveling to New York City to meet mayor Michael Bloomberg, who endorsed Obama for re-election, citing the steps his administration has taken to reduce US GHG emissions.

The idea of a tax has mainly been raised by Washington, DC, think tanks and in academic circles lately as a way to help reduce the federal budget deficit. But Carney said the president is more focused on preventing middle-class income taxes from increasing at the end of this year as he negotiates with Republicans in Congress on a deal to curb the deficit.

But he said that “there is more work to do” on climate, echoing statements the president made yesterday at a White House press conference.

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