US airlines would be required to pay a carbon tax on their fuel purchases under the Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, a bill introduced at the end of March by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who chairs the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the energy and environment subcommittee. The proposal is a 648-page "discussion draft" that responds to President Barack Obama's request to Congress for legislation that places a market-based cap ...

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