Carbon taxes are a cure worse than the alleged disease: They have a minimal impact on emissions and will do next to nothing to affect climate change. In the end, they hurt the very citizens they are intended to help.
Even as Vermont legislative leaders and our governor insist they have no plans to push a carbon tax, the state of Vermont is participating in a multi-state initiative that will almost certainly by this December recommend a carbon tax on transportation fuels.
The next Statehouse session is half a year away, but Vermonters who oppose a carbon tax staged a protest Sunday to tell lawmakers in advance they are ready to fight carbon tax legislation.
“We oppose any carbon tax,” conservative groups, led by Americans for Tax Reform, wrote in their letter, which was published online Monday morning.
British Petroleum and Shell are pouring $1 million each into a Republican-backed group advocating for a tax on carbon emissions to combat climate change.
More disturbing than this semantic jujitsu used to justify a broken campaign promise to not support a carbon tax is the twisted logic that it’s OK to double the tax because fuel prices fluctuate and, therefore, consumers won’t notice.
The current bill is, as one opponent put it, “a carbon tax one percentage point at a time.”
Supporters of a new boycott against Vermont companies that support a carbon tax say three state legislators have conflicts of interest on energy policy because of their ties to SunCommon.
Multiple anti-carbon tax groups are partnering in an effort to boycott Vermont companies whose CEOs are supporting a carbon tax in the Green Mountain State.
Carbon revenues? Bingo! The carbon tax! The tax we just agreed to forget because of the widespread opposition, its adverse economic effects and its futility in combating climate change.
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.