Carbon Tax in a RINO Wrapper

While the left normally takes the blame for the climate change hoax, there are many Republicans also chomping at the bit to screw taxpayers out of their hard earned money.  

Republican Senator John McCain and Democrat Senator Joe Lieberman were actually the first to introduce cap and trade legislation through the Climate Stewardship Act in 2003, 2005 and 2007.  And if you remember both Obama and McCain ran on cap and trade platforms during the 2008 election cycle. Add former Republican Secretaries of State James Baker and George Shultz, Republican Congressmen Carlos Curbelo of Florida, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, and former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi to that list, and you can get a general idea of where the RINO ruling elite stand.

There are also so-called conservative PACs and organizations funneling money into the pockets of those RINOs willing to close their eyes to the world’s biggest scam.

Take RepublicEn and Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends as examples.  They may call themselves “free market” environmentalists but, they preach the religion of manmade global warming with the save fervor as the left-wing faithful.

RepublicEn, created in 2012 by Bob Inglis, a former Republican Congressman from South Carolina, is a project of the Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.  Inglis, who supported amnesty and voted against the Iraq troop surge, claims he lost his seat in 2010 after admitting that he believed in manmade global warming. 

The organization adamantly condemned Trump for his decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement; has called for import tariffs on countries that don’t tax carbon dioxide and praised those RHINOs who continually push a carbon tax on U.S. taxpayers.

The organization also has ties to the left-wing Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL) through Inglis who sits on the advisory board with former Secretary of State George Shultz, the former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies James Hansen, former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, University of Massachusetts professor of social justice Barbara Love and liberal actors Don Cheadle and Bradley Whitford.

CCL promotes carbon taxes and has ties to a number of other so-called right leaning carbon tax advocates like the American Conservation Coalition who lobbies not only Congress in general but notably the Climate Solutions Caucus, a so-called bipartisan House caucus sympathetic to carbon taxes.  CCL’s employees overwhelmingly donate to left-wing politicians like Senator Dianne Feinstein and Jeff Markley or Oregon.

Wen Lee, RepublicEn’s engagement director, previously worked for a number of left-wing nonprofits, including the Center for a New American Dream and the Alliance for Climate Education which are both funded with millions from left-wing organizations like the Tides Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and George Soros’ OSI.

The Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends is a relatively new organization created just to push the Baker-Shultz Carbon Dividends Plan. While there is not much information about the organization, the idea of being “conservative” is a ruse.

Baker and Shultz claim that their carbon dividends plan is superior to cap and trade as it would further contribute to economic growth through its dynamic effects on consumption and investment. They also claim that if investors knew that a carbon tax would continually increase over the years, the stimulatory effect would be felt almost immediately for infrastructure and utility projects, especially ones that have long-term paybacks. And to ease the burden for the peasants, they promise to return their ill gotten profits on an “equal and monthly basis” via dividend checks, direct deposits or contributions to taxpayer’s individual retirement accounts. 

What they don’t tell you is that any government-created market distortion that discourages the use of fossil fuels will shrink the economy’s productivity and subvert consumer choice which in turn will shrink the GDP, further injuring consumers while increasing the deficit.  

Don’t be fooled.  The RINOs’ call for big government solutions to a nonexistent problem, that includes an onerous tax on carbon emissions, have little in common with real conservative principles of limited government, individual liberty and constitutionalism.  Worse, they have joined hands with the left to demonize carbon dioxide, a natural gas essential to life on Earth.

Sometimes smart people can be astonishingly ignorant, and self-serving.  A carbon tax would massively raise household energy prices by taxing emissions from oil, coal, and natural gas – commodities which power the U.S. economy. A carbon tax would artificially hike gas prices at a time when America has become the largest oil producer in the world and is poised to become its biggest oil exporter—possibly costing the U.S. upwards of $1 trillion in GDP losses by 2030, according to the Heritage Foundation.

“Madness is rare in individuals, but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.”  Friedrich Nietzsche

Source:  The ‘Eco-Right’ — Global Warming Fanaticism In A Conservative Wrapper  by Capital Research; Republicans Push Carbon Taxes, Franklin County Virginia Patriots; THE CONSERVATIVE CASE  FOR CARBON DIVIDENDS, Climate Leadership Council; The Baker-Shultz Carbon-Tax Plan Is a Bad Deal for Americans by Rupert Darwall, National Review

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