Two conservative Republicans want to ensure that carbon tax proposals never see the light of day in Congress.
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) said Thursday that they’re seeking support for a resolution declaring that a carbon tax would be economically harmful.
“There’s a lot of talk in Washington about raising taxes, and finding ‘revenues’ in creative ways, to avoid going over the fiscal cliff,” Vitter said. “But a carbon tax — which would force more financial hardship upon family budgets, energy consumers and job seekers — needs to be completely taken off the table.”
The idea of a tax has gained new traction in policy expert and climate activist circles as a way to help curb emissions and find new revenues in fiscal debates. But the recent activity has not translated into political momentum thus far.
White House spokesman Jay Carney recently said the administration would “never” propose a carbon tax, while House GOP leaders — backed by several conservative advocacy groups — oppose the idea too.
Read more at The Hill. By Ben German.