By David Flemming
Some folks are getting anxious that “progress” on passing carbon taxes at the state level has stalled nationwide. Media Matters, a nationwide left-wing group which got $10 million in contributions last year, decided it was time to place part of the blame on the Ethan Allen Institute:
“The Ethan Allen Institute is another Vermont-based organization opposed to carbon pricing. In February 2018, the Ethan Allen Institute published a study attacking a carbon fee proposal being considered by the legislature at the time.”
They go on to say that an analysis, “conducted by nonprofit research group Resources for the Future and released in January of this year, found that a carbon price combined with other climate policies could lower emissions without hurting the economy or low-income people.”
Contrary to that account, the analysis actually found “economically, these types of carbon pricing policy approaches are most to likely to produce small negative economic impacts ($20–$100 per person).” That $20-$100 might seem like small potatoes to an organization as well-funded as Media Matters. But to someone who is struggling to make ends meet, that lost money could very well mean fewer meals on the table.
Media Matters concluded with a remark on EAI’s insidious “collaboration”:
“In another demonstration of collaboration between Vermont’s anti-environmental groups, True North Reports hosted a policy analyst for the Ethan Allen Institute in September 2018 to discuss the findings of the institute’s latest anti-carbon-fee report published earlier that month.”
I’ve never been more proud to appear in such a video.
In the words of Margaret Thatcher, “if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”
David Flemming is a policy analyst for the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.