‘Republicans need to be at the forefront of addressing climate change…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) A new carbon tax bill is being floated in the U.S. Senate. And Democrats have even found a lame-duck ‘Republican’ to sponsor it.
On Wednesday, Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and retiring Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.—the same duo responsible for orchestrating such hits as the Kavanaugh FBI investigation and resolution protecting the Mueller investigation—unveiled their carbon tax proposal.
Americans for Tax Reform sounded the alarm about the legislation in a press release. They say it would amount to a massive national energy tax on Americans—despite claims from Coons and Flake that the bill is “revenue neutral.”
The scale of the tax would be virtually unprecedented—possibly more than $1 trillion over the next decade. Because carbon taxes steeply increase the costs of goods and services, they’ve been consistently rejected across the nation at the ballot box. Carbon taxes are so unpopular they’ve even sparked protests in France.
Worryingly, ATR says the bill would also give “czar-like” powers to the chiefs of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service, which would collaborate on enforcing the bill’s provisions.
The EPA chief would be given the power to impose “monitoring, reporting, and record-keeping requirements” on citizens, while also being empowered to conduct investigations and force the collection of information.
“Surely these powers will not be abused,” ATR’s press release dryly reads.
The bill also taxes a new carbon tax “dividend,” which may even be a backdoor attempt at family planning by considering those under the age of 19 to be half of a person.
Not surprisingly, ATR strongly opposes the legislation.
“The tax will be hidden in the price of all goods and services,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR. “Worse, it increases automatically year after year so the politicians can raise your taxes without ever having to vote.”
But Flake seems to think this bill is something Republicans should be proud to support.
“With the administration’s recent climate assessment and skeptical response from the president, Republicans need to be at the forefront of addressing climate change,” he said.
He added the bill was a “free-market solution” that would decrease pollution and spur innovation.
Flake’s tenure in the Senate comes to an end in two weeks.