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National Free Market Leaders Reject Carbon Tax

WILL THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT JOIN THEM? The leaders of twenty-one free market, limited government organizations banded together this week to oppose crippling new energy taxes – specifically a proposed levy on carbon emissions. Sound familiar?  This is the same scheme first advanced by U.S. president Barack Obama (with some help…

WILL THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT JOIN THEM?

The leaders of twenty-one free market, limited government organizations banded together this week to oppose crippling new energy taxes – specifically a proposed levy on carbon emissions.

Sound familiar?  This is the same scheme first advanced by U.S. president Barack Obama (with some help from liberal U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham) back in 2009.  It has also been embraced by Marco Rubio – the favorited of the “Republican” establishment for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

“Taxing carbon-based energy increases the cost of doing business in the U.S. by increasing the cost of electricity, ships jobs overseas and punishes the American people with higher consumer costs,” said Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government (ALG). “Low energy costs for the future is the key to America emerging from Obama’s economic malaise and reviving our job producing manufacturing sector.”

Manning’s organization and its partners urged lawmakers to support H.Con.Res. 89, legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise affirming the sense of Congress “that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy.”

In a letter to Scalise (.pdf here), the organizations made it clear they believe the proposed tax would hurt low and middle-income families already struggling to make ends meet in Obama “recovery.”

“As organizations that support free markets as a fundamental pathway to American prosperity, we oppose government policies – such as a carbon tax – that punish some and reward others in accordance with the government’s prevailing viewpoint on market ideals,” the letter stated.  “Such marketplace manipulation represents a recipe for unintended consequences and self-inflicted economic damage. Too often, poor and middle class families bear the burden.”

Indeed …

Here’s the thing: Carbon taxes don’t work.  Just look at Australia, which imposed such a levy in mid-2012.  The result?  A ten percent spike in energy costs for families and a whopping 10,600 business failures – which was 12 percent more business failures than Australia saw at the peak of the global recession.  Oh, the tax also failed to curb emissions .

Australia scrapped the failed experiment in 2014, with Liberal party leader and former prime minister Tony Abbott describing it as “a useless, destructive tax which damaged jobs, which hurt families’ cost of living and which didn’t actually help the environment.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves …

In 2009, Graham was the only “Republican” member of the U.S. Congress to support Obama’s push for a carbon tax.  Graham masked his support for the tax hike in clever language (i.e. “pricing carbon,”) but no one was fooled … least of all us.  In fact when liberal special interests tried to come to South Carolina masquerading their money behind “Republican” groups, we exposed the scam (hereherehere and here).

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22 comments

erneba February 25, 2016 at 9:28 am

A “carbon tax” accomplishes two things.
Allows the government to take more of our money.
Allows the government to piss away more of our money.
What could possibly go wrong?

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Tazmaniac February 25, 2016 at 10:13 am

For all the pissing it should be called the Urea Tax.

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idiotwind February 25, 2016 at 10:27 am

why should it be free to spew dangerous shit into the atmosphere? what if a company wants to spill toxic shit right into the Saluda? is that ok with your A-1 cocksucker friend Manning? or is the only difference that even “conservatives” can see shit floating in the river, while poison in the atmosphere is a bit less tangible and harder for the “conservative” mind to grasp?

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Jack February 25, 2016 at 10:32 am

They are the job creators. It should be their air to do with as they please. If there was no government regulation business would solve the problem, They would bottle fresh air and sell it to the highest bidder.

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TroubleBaby February 25, 2016 at 10:52 am

“They are the job creators”

Once the rest of industry leaves the country we won’t have to worry about it.

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Flip February 25, 2016 at 11:37 am

You joke about the bottling air thing but people actually do sell bottled air. Apparently it is a big thing in China.

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Jack February 25, 2016 at 12:06 pm

Who said I was joking. Bottled air is the capitalist solution to air pollution.

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TroubleBaby February 25, 2016 at 10:52 am

Simply allowing lawsuits by those impacted by poor air quality against those polluting should rectify most situations, but as things stand now the EPA runs interference on such things.

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Flip February 25, 2016 at 11:34 am

With something like global warming though, if the actual damage won’t be done for a century or more, you can’t really sue for that. By the time those chickens come home to roost a lawsuit won’t do much and the people who caused the damage may not even be around anymore.

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TroubleBaby February 25, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Maybe, maybe not. With the solar spot activity so low, people might benefit from some global warming if it’s anthropogenic.

All that aside, that’s not a problem any government is fixing if it’s even really a problem.

My guess is that technology is what’s going to save humankind from such things.

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Terry February 25, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Besides the cost of mounting such a suit, Republican Tort Reform has made this unprofitable. With the capping of punitive damages no one can afford to take on these cases. So big business wins again. Thank you GOP.

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TroubleBaby February 25, 2016 at 12:14 pm

You won’t get an argument from me, but I default back to my original statement, “Simply allowing lawsuits” and all that entails.(like fixing the judicial mechanism)

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Terry February 25, 2016 at 12:53 pm

You will get no where with Republicans on that argument.

TroubleBaby February 25, 2016 at 12:55 pm

That argument won’t get anywhere with Democrats either(who want to save the EPA).

My answer:

Who cares

:)

Bible Thumper February 25, 2016 at 11:34 am

Idiotwind, your name is appropriate. “why should [you] be free to spew dangerous shit into the atmosphere?”

You CO2 emitter.

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euwe max February 25, 2016 at 11:11 am

The environment is a liberal hoax.

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erneba February 25, 2016 at 11:26 am

Liberal in the environment is a hoax.
You got all the words, just in the wrong order.

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Bible Thumper February 25, 2016 at 11:29 am

Great idea. Tax carbon so that we shut down American industries and we can import products produced with greater CO2 emissions than the American industries.

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Jack February 25, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Not if we have both a carbon tax and a carbon tariff on imported goods.

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bigfootbuilt February 25, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Glad to see the pushback, but they need to present reasons other than just the economic calamity it will inflict. They need to fight back against the whole premise that there is manmade global warming and that carbon dioxide is a pollutant. The climate has been changing for 4 1/2 billion years and signing a piece of paper isn’t going to stop it. Even if it were a problem, how is inflicting harm on our economy going to stop other developing countries from increasing fossil fuel consumption?

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Native Ink February 25, 2016 at 4:49 pm

So how do we deal with carbon in the atmosphere? Other than putting our heads in the sand and believing whatever the oil companies tell us to believe?

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Lone Ranger February 25, 2016 at 5:31 pm

Ummmm…Kemosabe…Lindsey Grahamnesty?…isn’t he the same RINO
pig who put lesbians on the Supremes?

Why yes, Tonto—he IS don’tcha know…and every time he picks
up soap in the shower we can hear him scream

And wasn’t it Grahamnesty and fellow RINO Rubio who want to
shove 50 million ILLEGALS down our throats?

Why yes, Tonto—the very same don’tcha know—gutless RINO pigs
even with lipstick and yes a gay petticoat

And isn’t it Liar-In-Chief Obama who ignorantly thinks we’re
going to roll over for more failed Al Gore scam?

Right again, Tonto—and just so ya know—the Tea Train has
already crushed them and **** does NOT make jam !!!

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