President Barack Obama and liberals in Congress don't seem to worry about low- and moderate-income Americans who may suffer from government schemes to curb climate change.
But people with the means to vacation in Europe -well, their approach to them is a different story.
As we have pointed out, the Obama administration's proposals to limit carbon emissions from power plants and other industries will drive electric rates up for tens of millions of families and businesses. Complaints about that have fallen on deaf ears. President Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency, backed by liberals in Congress, insist carbon emissions have to be reduced.
That's how European Union officials feel, too.
To that end they want to charge airlines for carbon emissions from their planes. U.S. airliners flying to Europe would pay the taxes, which could cost as much as $300 million a year.
That cost would have to be passed on to both U.S. vacationers and business people traveling to Europe.
But before the end of the year, Congress is expected to finalize a bill that could exclude U.S. airlines from the tax. There has been no indication that President Obama will refuse to sign the measure.
So, again, coal-fired power plants that keep electric bills low for Americans are bad, in the president's mind. But he and liberal lawmakers seem to agree climate change isn't enough of a threat to force Americans to pay more to fly to Europe.
Why the inconsistency?