Members of the conservative Climate Leadership Council, half of whom publicly denounced candidate Donald Trump during the election, visited the White House yesterday to extol the benefits of a carbon tax.
In their view, such a tax would mark the first step toward fighting global warming while potentially gaining new constituents for the party.
The CLC, run by eight old-school Republicans and business leaders, wants to impose a $40 tariff on each ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted through mechanical or industrial policies.
In exchange, the administration could cancel some of the most expensive EPA rules.
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And even though the Council’s membership is comprised of GOP loyalists, many made disparaging comments about Trump during the campaign. Henry M. Paulson, Jr., a CLC member and a GOP Treasury Dept. secretary, said he had voted for Hillary Clinton.
Three others made critical comments that might also overshadow their case for a new carbon tax.