Carbon Tax Articles

The Paris Trap

9:00 AM, Nov 29, 2015

President Obama may be walking into a trap of his own side's devising as he departs for the latest climate action summit in Paris. If Republicans can suppress their innate ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, the summit’s outcome could hand the GOP an incredibly potent election-year weapon.

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No More Denali Commissions

A carbon tax is a better way.
11:01 AM, Sep 14, 2015

The answer is climate changeat least if the question is “why should we keep a costly and ineffective government agency." The Obama Adminis

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A Plea to Conservatives on Climate Change

8:14 AM, Jul 02, 2015

It makes no more sense to be certain that the globe is definitely not warming than to be certain that it definitely is. It makes no more sense to be certain that if the globe is warming it is not due to carbon emissions than to be certain that it definitely is. It makes no more sense to be certain that there will not be dire consequences if the globe is warming than to be certain that there will be.

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Even Climate Skeptics Should Support a Carbon Tax

Here's why.
10:38 AM, May 07, 2015

The ice is finally melting. Not the Arctic ice, although that might be melting too. I mean the frozen position critics of the global warming hysterics have been taking. They disagree with Obama’s contention that the science of climate change is settled, and prefer reading actual temperatures recorded on thermometers to print-outs of assumption-ridden models.

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Double Dividend?

The economics and politics of taxing carbon.
Apr 27, 2015

There are three ways to view a carbon tax. Conservatives see it, or should see it, as what is called “a tax swap”—a revenue-neutral tool to shift the burden of taxation from income and other taxes that reduce economic growth and risk-taking to consumption, thereby increasing the efficiency of the tax regime. Liberals see it as they see most things: a way to raise revenues to fund the growth of an already bloated government.

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Better Than Regulation

A carbon tax won’t happen without some give from the left.
Nov 10, 2014

Despite growing support from some conservative policy wonks, the idea of taxing carbon dioxide emissions, even as an alternative to the sort of heavy-handed greenhouse regulations promulgated by the Obama administration, has failed to garner much enthusiasm on the right.

The idea remains almost untouchable for Republican politicians, and the notion that there’s any chance that could change in the near future has been dismissed as “wishful thinking” by left-wing outlets like Mother Jones.

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Let’s Tax Carbon

It’s the worst form of energy policy, except for all those others that have been tried
May 26, 2014

Having lived through and survived Richard Nixon’s promise of energy independence, Jimmy Carter’s effort to substitute a hair shirt and a woolly sweater for a thermostat set at comfortable levels, George W. Bush’s insistence that Americans surrender their incandescent light bulbs, other presidents’ support for subsidies for ethanol and nuclear power, and the current administration’s plan to substitute subsidized wind and sun for fossil fuels, I thought I had seen it all—every technique imaginable for interfering with free markets and consumer choice. I was wrong.

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Climate Change for the GOP

It’s time for a conservative alternative to liberal alarmism.
Jul 08, 2013

President Barack Obama’s climate agenda announced last week represents the latest of many Democratic party efforts to address climate change. Although it includes no new legislation, the president’s plan makes unprecedented use of executive branch powers and offers a great many things that appeal to core Democratic constituencies.

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