U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., is stepping up his his opposition to a federal carbon tax that he believes will increase energy costs for Missourians. Blunt noted that Missouri currently is the sixth most coal-dependent state in the country, and he cited estimates that people earning less than $30,000 a year already devote one-fifth of their income to cover energy costs.
Blunt is co-sponsoring a procedural amendment that he acknowledged would make it more difficult to get a carbon-tax provision on the energy bill being considered by the U.S. Senate. The proposed carbon tax has long been seen by some environmentalists as a way to encourage more energy conservation and discourage harmful energy emissions.
Blunt acknowledged that his proposed amendment may have difficulty getting through the Senate, because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has imposed stricter rules on how many amendments can be placed on the energy bill.