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Businesses Aren't Taking Pollution Tax Sitting Down

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As if there were that much doubt, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District passed a new mandate that will lay down the taxes on companies— factories, oil refineries, et cetera— that pollute the air with carbon emissions. Sure, the rate is only 4.4 cents per ton of CO2, not exactly enough to do away with global warming, but no matter— Bay Area businesses and agencies are not having it. Some aren't so sure how the plan will fit in with a larger climate-control plan, while other just think it will put businesses at a disadvantage. The word "litigation" is being bandied about, though officials behind the plan aren't worried. Note that the majority of businesses— 1650 out of 2,500— will pay less than $1 per year under the law. [SF Examiner]