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Americans want a tax on carbon pollution, but how to get one?
The Guardian ^ | October 23, 2017 | by Dana Nuccitelli

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 doesn’t 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 doesn’t 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, it’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: carbontax; climatechangefraud; fakenews; fakepoll; fakescience; globalwarming; hoax; ismellbs; marxism; socialism; yale
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1 posted on 10/23/2017 11:48:12 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

No we don’t.

Good grief!


2 posted on 10/23/2017 11:48:54 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (John McBane is the turd in the national punch-bowl.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

We are?


3 posted on 10/23/2017 11:49:05 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: DoughtyOne

“Americans want a tax on carbon pollution, but how to get one?”

Whoa. Wait, what?


4 posted on 10/23/2017 11:49:21 AM PDT by Noamie
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To: Noamie

Exactly!


5 posted on 10/23/2017 11:50:21 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (John McBane is the turd in the national punch-bowl.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


6 posted on 10/23/2017 11:50:36 AM PDT by GOPe Means Bend Over Spell Run (GO GALT - Support Trump)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


7 posted on 10/23/2017 11:50:39 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

BS


8 posted on 10/23/2017 11:50:42 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Where the $&@ did they get that?

Oh, the Guardian.

Pay no attention to the Commie begind the curtain.


9 posted on 10/23/2017 11:51:15 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Most Americans do not want a carbon tax. This is first class communists democrat bull shi!
10 posted on 10/23/2017 11:51:21 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Some of the California and NE lefties may want a carbon tax, but they want others to pay for it.


11 posted on 10/23/2017 11:51:27 AM PDT by ought-six (Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


12 posted on 10/23/2017 11:51:29 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

More fake polls.


13 posted on 10/23/2017 11:51:49 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (You can't have totalitarian globalist government if the peasants are armed.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The Guardian quoting a Yale survey. Any resemblance to reality would be purely coincidental.
14 posted on 10/23/2017 11:52:56 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Hegel? What is he doing here?


15 posted on 10/23/2017 11:53:31 AM PDT by Blennos ( As)
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To: DoughtyOne

No...Americans want these lefty warmist criminals to STFU.


16 posted on 10/23/2017 11:54:00 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: 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. <

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.


17 posted on 10/23/2017 11:54:02 AM PDT by Leaning Right (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: hal ogen

Exactly!


18 posted on 10/23/2017 11:54:31 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (John McBane is the turd in the national punch-bowl.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Says Who?

Americans don’t even believe that carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant or they would stop breathing.


19 posted on 10/23/2017 11:54:51 AM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Americans are willing to pay a carbon tax that would increase their household energy bills by $15 per month, or about 15%, on average.

Let's see ... Electricity in the deep south with AC, $200/month over course of a year. Hot water and gas furnace, $60/month on average. Fuel for the cars, about $250/month for a family of five. That doesn't count inflation from trucked in merchandise, a near 15% increase in plane fares, and higher costs for services from Uber to pizza delivery. A LOT ore than $15/month.
20 posted on 10/23/2017 11:55:03 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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