House Approves Proposed Carbon Dioxide Tax

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The House wants to impose the state's first tax on carbon dioxide emissions.

Sponsors of a proposal approved Monday say it was an attempt to protect the environment.

But some members doubt the measure was a serious attempt to control greenhouse gases and deal with global warming.

Instead, they saw it as an attempt to embarrass opponents of two proposed coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

The House added the proposed tax - $37 for each ton of excess
emissions - as an amendment to an unrelated, Senate-passed tax
bill. The vote was 78-42.

House members then gave the entire bill first-round approval on a voice vote. Final action is expected Tuesday.

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