John Siciliano |
A fight brewing beneath the surface over Republican support for a carbon tax is about to come to a head this week as Congress shifts its focus to tax reform and the climate policy gains traction inside conservative ranks.
A host of conservative groups such as the Americans for Tax Reform, led by Grover Norquist, are trying to discourage the GOP from entertaining a carbon tax or placing a price on greenhouse gas emissions, an idea that a handful of libertarian and conservative groups support.
The carbon tax would apply an across-the-board per-ton fee on carbon dioxide emissions, which proponents hope would send the markets a signal to reduce fossil fuel use and encourage clean energy development. Many scientists blame the burning of fossil fuels, which increase carbon dioxide emissions, for raising the average temperature of the Earth with potentially disastrous consequences.
Norquist and others such as Americans for Prosperity are trying to label at least two groups as liberals "masquerading" as conservatives by actively supporting the idea of a carbon tax or carbon price as a legitimate middle ground to liberal policies such as tax credits and subsidies........Hillary Clinton's recently revealed new book said that she is "fascinated" by the idea of a carbon tax, he said.
Graham's endorsement was evidence of the "liberal" conservative groups gaining a foothold in the Republican Party........Graham said......... "I'm a Republican. I believe that the greenhouse effect is real, that CO2 emissions generated by man is creating our greenhouse gas effect that traps heat, and the planet is warming," ..........Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., also voiced support for addressing climate change in a pre-recorded message.........."The reality is … only a handful of organizations masquerading as a conservative organization" are pushing for a carbon tax, said Christine Harbin, vice president for external affairs at Americans for Prosperity.........."On the policy side, this is a way to raise revenue for government under the guise of helping the environment, but it's actually quite dangerous,"
He said that is one of the only areas where Norquist and others are accurate, "and they are right to be worried."............To Read More....
My Take - Graham and McCain are now and have always been a disgrace, it's just so much easier to see it now. The Republican Party is so fragmented with RINO's, liberal Democrats claiming to be Republicans - all claiming to represent conservative values, the Republican Party is a disgrace.
Then there are the likes of John Kasich, who I expect to see change parties after he's out of office in January of 2019, if not before, and then to announce he going to run for President on the Democrat ticket not long after.
As you peruse this article please note how these "conservatives" utilize what George Orwell called Double Think, a component of Newspeak, in his book 1984 where "War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength;" good is bad and bad is good and in this case - more government, more taxes and more regulations are conservative, capitalism and free market enterprise. Is it any wonder most people wish a pox on both parties?
I do wish more people had read 1984 and Animal Farm.