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Bucking big oil, House set to condemn carbon tax

Congressional Republicans are poised to approve a non-binding resolution to condemn the idea of a carbon tax, putting lawmakers on record opposing an approach to combating climate change favored by Exxon Mobil and other large oil companies.

The House strategy, pushed by Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, and backed by Koch Industries, uses the symbolic measure to lock in hundreds of votes against a tax on carbon dioxide emissions blamed for climate change. The tactic is designed to weaken the ability of a future president and Congress to levy one to help pay for a broad overhaul of the U.S. tax code, said Republican strategist Mike McKenna.

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