“There is a good way, instead of just using taxes to build a bridge, why not use a charge on pollution to build not only a bridge, but also clean air so kids can breathe. You get a twofer,” Inslee said. “That’s what we’re going to do.”
When the tax passed, all three airlines said they'd have to hike their ticket prices. Now that Australia has repealed the policy, all three say they never had to pass additional costs on to their consumers.
On Thursday, after a week of upper house turmoil, Australian prime minister Tony Abbott's Liberal-National Coalition in the Senate voted to scrap the country's nascent carbon price and emissions trading scheme.