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Carbon tax to combat climate change

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1 Carbon tax to combat climate change on 2/10/2017, 11:35 am

This is the first reasonable and workable proposal for addressing climate change put forth by the Republicans not counting Inhofe and the snowball, lol. It has been reality v science with the right wing over climate change deniers having the lead in this argument.

As McCain said many years ago, what's the worst thing that could happen, we end up with a cleaner Earth? I think this method worked for cleaning up the acid rain problem decades ago, uses the market forces so favored by conservatives. I wonder if this will give the party permission to talk about it?

A group of Republican elder statesmen is calling for a tax on carbon emissions to fight climate change.

The group, led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, with former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Henry M. Paulson Jr., a former secretary of the Treasury, says that taxing carbon pollution produced by burning fossil fuels is “a conservative climate solution” based on free-market principles.

Mr. Baker is scheduled to meet on Wednesday with White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Jared Kushner, the senior adviser to the president, and Gary D. Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, as well as Ivanka Trump.

In an interview, Mr. Baker said that the plan followed classic conservative principles of free-market solutions and small government. He suggested that even former President Ronald Reagan would have blessed the plan: “I’m not at all sure the Gipper wouldn’t have been very happy with this.” He said he had no idea how the proposal would be received by the current White House or Congress.

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