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Top Republicans discuss a carbon tax with the White House

February 8, 2017

  We thought when Donald Trump won the election that the talk about cap and trade and carbon taxes were dead issues, but apparently they are not because according to this story top Republicans and business leaders are trying to convince the administration a carbon tax is the way to go in return for regulatory cuts.

  Here is more:

A group of prominent Republicans and business leaders pitched a tax on carbon dioxide to top White House aides Wednesday, selling the plan as an economic win that could drive job growth and yield environmental dividends too.

Former Secretary of State James Baker and other members of the new “Climate Leadership Council” pressed the case in a 45-minute meeting in the Roosevelt Room that included President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior aide Kellyanne Conway.

“The signs were very encouraging,” Ted Halstead, who founded the council, said after the meeting. “Two weeks into this new administration, we have positioned our solution as the most promising climate solution — if they want to go there.”

  And they had a brief meeting with Mike Pence:

Baker also met briefly with Vice President Mike Pence, as the old-guard Republicans try to persuade the Trump administration that a carbon tax imposed in exchange for abolishing a slew of environmental regulations is an insurance policy against the risks of climate change.

“We know we have an uphill slog to get Republicans interested in this,” Baker said before the White House meeting. But “a conservative, free-market approach is a very Republican way of approaching the problem.”

  I don’t know, I guess I cannot figure out how controlling businesses with a bigger tax burden is any more of a free-market approach than controlling businesses through government regulation, but that is just me. And it certainly does not sound conservative…

  I have been saying for quite awhile now that both the establishment Republicans and the establishment Democrats are on the same side, putting on a show known as the Hegelian Dialectic; create or take advantage of a crisis, control both sides of the argument, and implement the predetermined solution, otherwise known as thesis, antithesis, synthesis and I think this is yet another example.

  It seems highly unlikely something like this would pass on its own but could it be pushed through as part of a broad tax overhaul plan as the above-linked article suggests? It looks like we are not out of the woods on global warming just yet.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Brittius permalink
    February 8, 2017 8:25 pm

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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  2. February 8, 2017 8:25 pm

    Daddy give his little girl a present?

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  3. February 8, 2017 8:39 pm

    You know that if they weren’t getting some kick-back or under the table deal they wouldn’t bother! Bunch of scum. That’s the McCain corruption just a different subject. They are the ‘terrorist’ within the Gov.!
    Here’s one a bit OT but goes w/ this mentality – needs to be wiped clean.

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    • February 8, 2017 8:41 pm

      They are truly sick!

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      • February 8, 2017 9:05 pm

        Problem is the ones who need to come to that ‘realization’ don’t want to … or is it that they’re so deep in the ‘lie’ they “can’t see” the truth of the matter. Either way, the evils that be have placed a strong spell on them, requiring something or someone stronger to pull them out of the goo.
        I was thinking w/ the recent 1/2 time satanic ritual of the Super Bowl (which I only watched the very first then turned it off), prompting grown people going around saying ‘ga ga’ like babies do. I think was intentional and quite telling of what kind of culture America’s become (unknowingly) orchestrated by depraved minds and polluted souls.
        That gal in the vid should’ve been equipped w/ pepper spray or something (taught to kick, hit or shoot) and her friends could’ve helped. People need to get PRO ACTIVE instead of being pansies and numb slaves of the elites. Those protesting or paid activist are convinced they’re ‘free’ but they’re slaves to the madmen and women in power poisitions.

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      • February 9, 2017 8:13 am

        I tend to believe they are just so caught up in it that they don’t even realize it, but it could be they do know and don’t care because they like it too much. If it is the former they can be helped but if it is the latter they can’t be.


  4. February 8, 2017 10:45 pm

    Let’s see we were told the other day climate data was manipulated. So today why are they wanting to press forward with a carbon tax? Trump has said he wants to help U.S. businesses to grow and especially in the energy sector. CO2 keeps getting tarred as a bad green house gas when there is plenty of evidence that is not.

    If Baker and the other elite want a carbon tax then they should pay for it and not us. Tax all of their assists and capital gains at 95% and do not let them pass it onto the consumers.

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  5. Dr. Jeff permalink
    February 8, 2017 11:22 pm

    I got as far as the part where they claimed that the new carbon tax would promote job growth. HUH? Taxes don’t promote job growth any more than Col. Sanders promoted the longevity of chickens.

    Why is anyone in the Trump admin wasting time by even talking to these people?

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    • February 9, 2017 8:15 am

      Exactly Dr. Jeff! Suddenly they are sounding like Democrats. They still don’t understand why Trump beat all the establishment candidates.


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