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Jun 29, 2010 1:18 PM by Greg Boyce

Senators: Obama wants tax on carbon emissions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators say President Barack Obama is insisting that any energy legislation put a price on carbon emissions - something many Republicans call an energy tax they can't accept.

Sens. John Kerry and Joe Lieberman told reporters after meeting with the president Tuesday that Obama was clear an energy bill must cap and price the carbon emissions blamed for global warming. But Kerry, D-Mass., and Lieberman, I-Conn., the authors of proposed climate legislation, say they saw potential for compromise with the GOP and were willing to scale back their aims. Republican senators said after the meeting that they could only accept a bill without what they called an energy tax. That left the path to compromise unclear despite urgency from the Gulf oil spill.

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