Talk of carbon tax a real concern

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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A prominent climate-change skeptic remains "very concerned" about the possibility of the U.S. having a carbon tax.

Morano, Marc (Climate Depot)Marc Morano of Climate Depot says this is a serious problem.

"I'm very concerned right now, because there [were] a lot of advisors that were to Mitt Romney -- people like Arthur Laffer, people like George Shultz -- and other … liberal Republicans who have been touting the idea of a carbon tax," Morano reports. "On top of that, Speaker [John] Boehner came out and said that they were going to be looking at -- quote -- 'revenue neutral' -- unquote -- ideas for tax reform."

The Climate Depot correspondent also notes publications like The Washington Post and The New York Times are pushing for a carbon tax in the wake of President Obama's re-election. Former vice president and global warming alarmist Al Gore has made similar calls.

Last week, during his first White House press conference in eight months, President Obama said that he wanted to have a "national conversation" about climate change. Morano finds that disturbing.

"We are facing the prospect of a carbon tax being on the table in any talk of tax reform, fiscal cliff negotiations," Morano warns. "The GOP House is very unlikely to allow this any time soon, but the problem is when you have Republican leadership, which looks to be very weak at the moment, standing up to President Obama, anything's possible."

Meanwhile, Connie Hedegaard, the European Union's climate commissioner, says she hopes President Obama's renewed attention to global warming since the election will translate into greater U.S. involvement in U.N. climate talks.

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