Oil Industry And Left-Wing Enviros Find Common Cause In A Carbon Tax

Environmentalists have linked arms with the oil industry to push a nationwide tax on carbon dioxide emissions as a “conservative” way to fight global warming.

The Climate Leadership Council (CLC) unveiled Tuesday some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies were among its donors, including BP, ExxonMobil, Total and Royal Dutch Shell.

CLC bills its carbon tax plan as a “consensus” way to fight global warming using “conservative principles of free markets and limited government.” The group first unveiled its carbon tax plan in February and even met with White House officials.

Former Republican officials, including former Secretary of State George Shultz and Bush economic adviser Gregory Mankiw, joined CLC to push its carbon tax proposal. Yet, no elected Republicans back this proposal, neither do most conservative groups.

According to the group’s WSJ ad, CLC wants a “gradually rising and revenue-neutral carbon tax,” starting at $40 per ton, and hand out “dividend payments to all Americans, funded by 100% of the revenue.”

The group also says the U.S. could “rollback of carbon regulations that are no longer necessary” and impose a border tax “to level the playing field and promote American competitiveness.”

CLC is a strategic partner with the World Resources Institute (WRI), an environmental group that backed the Paris climate accord and Obama administration energy regulations.

“President Trump and Congress would do well to heed these voices and put in place policies like the CLC proposal to achieve these twin goals,” WRI President Andrew Steer said in a statement on CLC’s unveiling of its oil industry funding.

Though Steer seemed to diverge from CLC on regulations. He proposed keeping existing global warming policies in place until a carbon tax is imposed, adding that “complementary policies addressing other market failures and non-carbon greenhouse gasses will be needed.”

Environmentalists have been working for years to convince conservatives to support a carbon tax, including pumping money into right-leaning groups. But so far, few Republican officials or conservative activists embrace the idea.

CLC’s timing may also be off. A carbon tax is sold as a compromise to federal regulations, but the Trump administration is already in the process of repealing Obama-era climate rules and will withdraw from the Paris agreement.

In other words, there’s no compromise to be made.

Large oil companies have backed carbon taxes in the past, and now some fund CLC’s plan for a $40 per ton carbon tax.

Most notably, Exxon has backed a carbon tax for years, including under former CEO Rex Tillerson, who now serves as secretary of state. Europe-based oil companies BP and Total want the U.S. to price carbon for “consistency” between the U.S. and Europe.

A carbon tax would also encourage more utilities, at least in the short-term, to use more natural gas, which emits less than coal. BP, Exxon, Total and Shell are all heavily invested in natural gas production and trading.

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    Sonnyhill

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    Environmentalists have infiltrated corporations. They disrupt shareholders’ meetings. Green-mail. Try to dismiss them and you’ll have a public relations nightmare courtesy of the MSM.
    The USA has a huge competitive advantage over Europe, domestic oil and gas. Europe has the cost burden of socialism. They import energy and tax the hell out of motorists. They’re scheming to hobble Uncle Sam with Euro – style policies. Obama was all for it.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    How about a Hot Air Tax to be paid by these eco-wackos like Gore,DiCaprio,David(Luarie) as well as the various eco-wacko groups(Greenpeace,Sierra Club,EDF,Etc and the idiots to take part in these idiotic marches where they carrying stupid signs and banners with stupid slogans on them like the ones in the picture above

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    R. Johnson

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    Efficient usage of hydrocarbons is not the cause of any issues with long term weather. The Carbon tax is a method to subdue freedom and mobility. Less money in your pocket makes you easier to control. The small amount of funding of these nuts receive accomplishes it’s goal…to put their lack of intelligence on parade.

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      Sonnyhill

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      “They’ll turn us into beggars ’cause they’re easier to please” (from “Government Cheese,” by the Rainmakers, 1986)

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    G

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    Just take a deep breath and a step back…

    Consider the absurdity that there exists a global climate crisis that most don’t even see or feel.

    We need wickedly convoluted and impossibly complex computer modeling with faulty, biased, and sometimes fraudulent data to postulate a so-called scientific possibility that man impacts earth warming by fractions of a percent.

    The whole thing is promoted exclusively by left-wing politicians, awarding trillions in tax-dollar-funded grants which allow only one politically correct outcome.

    AND, we’re told that TAXES (carbon or otherwise), will solve this “scientific” world crisis…

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