Last Week the White House released a long-anticipated Climate Action Plan. Conservatives have been swift to attack it as a “backdoor energy tax.” The critics could not be more wrong. A carbon tax, or energy tax of any kind, is the one big piece that is missing from the President’s plan.
the criticism, though, some prominent conservatives see a better way of
turning the issue of energy taxes to their advantage. Among those who
support a carbon tax are Gregory Mankiw, Harvard professor and former Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush; George P. Schultz, Treasury Secretary under Richard Nixon and Secretary of State under Ronald Regan; and David Frum, former special assistant to George W. Bush.
Here are some of the reasons why conservatives, even the climate skeptics among them, should love a carbon tax.
A carbon tax would improve tax efficiency
conservatives don’t like taxes, they reluctantly agree that the
government does need revenue. In recent years, their budget plans have
called for a reduction in federal spending to a range of 18 to 20
percent of GDP. To fund even that level of spending without large
deficits—which they also dislike—would require a lot of tax revenue.
Where should it come from? >>>Read more