Skip to comments.Americans want a tax on carbon pollution, but how to get one?
Posted on 10/23/2017 11:48:12 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
According to a new study published by Yale, Americans are willing to pay a carbon tax that would increase their household energy bills by $15 per month, or about 15%, on average. This result is consistent with a survey from last year that also found Americans are willing to pay an average of $15 to $20 per month to combat climate change.
Another recent Yale survey found that overall, 78% of registered American voters support taxing and/or regulating carbon pollution, including 67% of Republicans and 60% of conservative Republicans.
This raises the question with such broad support across the political spectrum, why doesnt America have a carbon tax in place by now? Study co-author Anthony Leiserowitz noted the similarity to public support for many gun control policies.
Public support often doesnt translate into policy. On the issue of gun control, Republican lawmakers are afraid that if they vote for even the most benign policies like requiring background checks for all gun purchases, the NRA will mobilize its supporters against them. In primary races with relatively low turnout, with partisans more likely to vote, Republican lawmakers fear that mobilizing even a relatively small minority of opposition voters could cost them their jobs. On the issue of climate change and carbon taxes, they have the same fear of the Koch network.
In short, the wealthy and powerful have more influence over American policy than average voters.
Although most Republican Party policymakers continue to oppose taxing carbon pollution, its inevitable that the USA will implement national climate policy sooner or later. A revenue-neutral carbon tax seems to represent the path of least resistance. The only question is how much longer the GOP will delay the inevitable.
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No we don’t.
“Americans want a tax on carbon pollution, but how to get one?”
Whoa. Wait, what?
This American is not agreeing to any carbon tax, let alone one to be distributed from American citizens pockets to the rest of the world.
No one asked me. No one asked any of my friends. No one asked any of my family. No one asked any of my coworkers.
Where the $&@ did they get that?
Oh, the Guardian.
Pay no attention to the Commie begind the curtain.
Some of the California and NE lefties may want a carbon tax, but they want others to pay for it.
After I’ve paid my fuel bills, I don’t have any money left for anything else.
No, this is a bunch of cr*p.
More fake polls.
Hegel? What is he doing here?
No...Americans want these lefty warmist criminals to STFU.
> According to a new study published by Yale, Americans are willing to pay a carbon tax that would increase their household energy bills by $15 per month, or about 15%, on average. <
Now that’s funny right there. I don’t know of a single person who would support this. Unless Yale asked the question like this: Would you be willing to pay a bit more each month to improve air quality for seniors and children?
But who the heck would support a “carbon tax”? Maybe a few unemployed coffee shop liberals. But that’s about it.
Americans don’t even believe that carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant or they would stop breathing.
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