‘If it can’t pass in Washington state right now, I’m not sure that says that there’s much of a pathway…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) As climate change doomsday predictions continue unabated, progressive Democrats and environmentalists are quietly backing away from a long held sacred cow—the carbon dioxide tax.
Aimed at punishing fossil-fuels users and making subsidized renewable energy more appealing, the carbon dioxide tax has been a major climate-change policy prescription for years.
Except there’s just one problem: Nobody seems to want the elitist-imposed climate tax no matter how liberal they might be.
From Paris, France to Washington state, people are rejecting the idea of paying higher taxes expressly for the purpose of making gasoline, diesel and home heating fuels more expensive to stem consumption.
In the words of Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., the second-most liberal member of the U.S. Senate next to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., there’s no constituency for it.
Referring to the recently failed initiative in Washington state, one of the most progressive states in the country, Merkley acknowledged the futility of financially punishing people for using gasoline.
“If it can’t pass in Washington state right now, I’m not sure that says that there’s much of a pathway at this moment nationally,” Merkley said.
Ongoing riots in Paris have made global headlines, as they were sparked by an increase in fuel-taxes meant to fund Prime Minister Emanuel Macron’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. The city has been in chaos for weeks, as city police and government soldiers battle “yellow vest” protestors.
In 2015, Al Gore said, “We need to put a price on carbon in markets, and we need to put a price on denial in politics,” adding that “we are already paying an enormous cost in the form of floods, droughts, famines.”
But carbon-tax proposals failed during the Obama administration, and then morphed into a complicated “cap-and-trade” tax initiative, which also failed.
Democrats are now striking any mention of carbon taxes heading into 2019. Instead, they are embracing a so-called “Green New Deal” that would make massive government investments in solar and wind energy, and begin to eliminate access to fossil fuels.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is among the media-focused backers the proposal.