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Treasury report: Cap-and-trade to cost $1,761 per family each year

The cap-and-trade bill just got more expensive for families:

A previously unreleased analysis prepared by the U.S. Department of Treasury says the total in new taxes would be between $100 billion to $200 billion a year. At the upper end of the administration’s estimate, the cost per American household would be an extra $1,761 a year.

A second memorandum, which was prepared for Obama’s transition team after the November election, says this about climate change policies: “Economic costs will likely be on the order of 1 percent of GDP, making them equal in scale to all existing environmental regulation.”

The documents (PDF) were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute and released on Tuesday.

This puts the cost of the bill per family very close to the estimation of the Heritage Foundation, which also predicts higher long term costs:

When the Heritage Foundation did its analysis of Waxman-Markey, it broadly compared the economy with and without the carbon tax. Under this more comprehensive scenario, it found Waxman-Markey would cost the economy $161 billion in 2020, which is $1,870 for a family of four. As the bill’s restrictions kick in, that number rises to $6,800 for a family of four by 2035.

Perhaps it’s not suprise that Democratic leaders in the Senate are going to put off a vote on this until next year.

Next year is an election year, so it’s very likely that this bill is dead.

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