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Obama administration: Cap and trade could cost families $1,761 a year

Declan McCullagh
cnet [1]
Wednesday, Sept 16th, 2009

The Obama administration has privately concluded that a cap and trade law would cost American taxpayers up to $200 billion a year, the equivalent of hiking personal income taxes by about 15 percent.

A previously unreleased analysis prepared by the U.S. Department of Treasury says the total in new taxes would be between $100 billion to $200 billion a year. At the upper end of the administration’s estimate, the cost per American household would be an extra $1,761 a year.

A second memorandum, which was prepared for Obama’s transition team after the November election, says this about climate change policies: “Economic costs will likely be on the order of 1 percent of GDP, making them equal in scale to all existing environmental regulation.”

The documents (PDF [2]) were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute and released on Tuesday.

Full article here [1]

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