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Barack Obama breaks first campaign promise by dropping oil tax
In the summer he said the tax would "help families pay their heating and cooling bills and reduce energy costs".
But the proposal has been quietly dropped from his agenda listed on transition team website's www.change.gov, setting off a storm of protest among liberal bloggers and small business groups.
An aide explained the change by saying: "President-Elect Obama announced the policy during the campaign because oil prices were above $80 per barrel. They are below that now and expected to stay below that."
But the shelving of the proposal was spotted by the California-based Small Business League, which asked if "the sudden elimination of this issue is a further indication that large corporations are already demonstrating their ability to influence the Obama administration".
"President-Elect Obama owes the American people an explanation as to why these campaign promises have been pulled from his agenda," it said.
The League was also disappointed that Mr Obama has dropped a reference that expressed concern that federal contracts designated for small businesses were being awarded to major corporations.
Mr Obama's decision follows indications that he will probably go back on another pledge - to introduce higher taxes for those earning $250,000 (£165,000) or more a year.
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