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Bush Administration Resurrects "Clear Skies" Plan

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Critics of the administration plan found at least one encouraging sign in the analysis. It showed that controls for carbon dioxide in the Carper bill would cost only $1 per ton, undermining a common argument that reducing carbon dioxide emissions would drive up electricity prices.

"The administration can no longer hide behind the boogeyman of high electricity prices to justify its do-nothing policy on global warming," said John Stanton of the National Environmental Trust. "With that admission, the administration crossed a line that can't be uncrossed."

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