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The idea of taxing carbon emissions to address climate change is once again in the air in Washington. But it could prove no more popular this time than it did in 2009 when President Obama tried to get a climate-change bill through Congress, and failed.

Seth Borenstein at The AP...

The idea of taxing carbon emissions to address climate change is once again in the air in Washington. But it could prove no more popular this time than it did in 2009 when President Obama tried to get a climate-change bill through Congress, and failed.

Seth Borenstein at The AP has written a nice scene-setter, which refers to recent reports on the subject (but doesn't link to them!) and surveys the political landscape. (Ouch; the mixed metaphors are mine, not Borenstein's.) To get a sense of the depth of feeling on this issue, note that Borenstein reports that the Competitive Enterprise Institute filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking access to Treasury Department emails on the subject.

Before you place your bets for or against a carbon tax, read Borenstein.

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Animal rescue stories are about the only...

Animal rescue stories are about the only way for reporters to cover the ongoing BP gulf oil spill and give readers something to feel at all good about. People do care - even if washing the oil off those birds saves few of them, rescuers will keep doing it. Ju-u-u-st ...  because. So word that tens of thousands of turtle eggs, now incubating in beach nests where clotted oil swirls in the water, will be dug up is a natural news item. Workers will take them, reportedly, to Cape Canaveral for further incubation in properly warm and humid conditions, then set the hatchlings free far from the spill.

Media seem to be reporting the story with reasonable care, including the downside of the plan to go with its...