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Governor's Emissions Tax Proposal Met with Opposition

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PROSSER, Wash--  The Governor's proposed 'cap and tax' bill that would monitor business' carbon output has passed the Senate, but not without a lot of opposition.  

Senator Jerome Delvin is just one of many who think taxing excessive carbon emissions to cut down global warming would hurt local businesses.  The bill was revised many times and wasn't easy to pass.

"The problem is you're going to restrain that energy that our economy needs to move forward and that's going to cause the price of that energy to go up for people that may not be able to afford it," says Delvin.  "Then businesses have to compete in the world with higher energy prices.  It's going to take away their competitiveness."

The senate wants more time to study the link between greenhouse gases and global warming.  Supporters of the bill say it would cut down on the dangerous pollutants.

The bill now goes to the House.