TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Carbon caper: Bogus policy

Daily Photo Galleries

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
 

A new federal carbon tax being advocated by leftists and environmentalists would not curb man-made emissions enough to possibly affect climate. But it would hinder commerce and America's drive for energy independence enough to drag down the economy.

Steve Milloy, the publisher of JunkScience.com , writing for Investor's Business Daily, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Christopher C. Horner, writing in California's Orange County Register, point out that a carbon tax:

• Would not significantly cut atmospheric carbon dioxide or affect climate

• Would raise prices of goods and services produced by burning fossil fuels

• Would give Washington more revenue to squander, even in “revenue-neutral” or “deficit hawk” guise, as some misguided voices on the right propose

• Would really be about establishing a huge, new revenue source to fund Big Government, a la Europe.

Clearly, a U.S. carbon tax would hurt far more people than it would help. It also would discourage greater reliance on increasingly abundant conventional energy sources at home. And if it would include trading of carbon credits or permits, government would just be artificially creating a bogus “market.”

When all ramifications are taken into account, a carbon tax would be a losing proposition — and one to avoid.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pitt blows 10-point lead as Iowa rallies for win
  2. Bayer to spin off plastics unit as separate company; employment to remain stable
  3. Steelers notebook: Ravens DL fined for hit on Roethlisberger
  4. Finally healthy, Letang looking to make his presence felt as a leader
  5. Armed officers comb woods for state trooper ambush suspect
  6. Seneca Valley’s Lang embracing senior soccer season
  7. Pittsburgh region’s covered bridges perfect for scenic fall drives
  8. Martin’s homer rescues Pirates in 4-2 victory over Brewers
  9. Mars soccer team off to hot start thanks to stingy defense
  10. Butler girls soccer team seeking top 3 finish in rugged section
  11. Family becomes ‘forever’
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.