Republican Cultural Elites Proposing Carbon Tax

This week, a group of Republicans publicly called for a substantial new carbon tax. These leaders, uniting under the banner of the “Climate Leadership Council,” will meet with top administration officials this morning.

The group includes former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former Secretary of Treasury Henry M. Paulson Jr. among others. They claim taxing carbon is “a conservative climate solution” consistent with free-market principles.

Heritage Action does not support a carbon tax and has released the following statement from CEO, Michael A. Needham:

“Replacing Obama’s destructive regulatory regime with a destructive taxation regime will not make American companies more competitive or bring jobs back to abandoned communities. Beyond the policy implications, the Climate Leadership Council’s carbon tax proposal is just the latest example of policy solutions crafted by and made for cultural elites. There is no room in the Republican Party for a carbon tax. These so-called Party elders might want to meet with former Secretary Clinton to discuss this idea.”

Instead of finding ways to increase taxes, destroy fossil-fuel based jobs, and increase electricity costs for consumers, Republicans should work to ease the tax and regulatory burden on U.S. companies to help jump start our economy. The Trump administration should reject these proposals and work to eliminate former President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule and prohibit federal agencies from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

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