Trump Slams Report That Claims He Backs Carbon Tax

You can’t always trust what you read or hear on the news. The Hill ran a story that Trump’s new energy adviser, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said he would “push the presidential candidate to endorse a tax on carbon dioxide emissions.”  In reality Cramer is a climate change skeptic. Following Trumps tweet they edited the original story. On the bottom of the story it now notes the piece was edited.

“CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story included incorrect information. It has been updated to reflect changes and the Cramer interview.”

I wonder how many people got the wrong idea and will now go around saying that Donald Trump is for a carbon tax? The Hill wants to be more like the NY Times. I think the Hill is already a lot like the Times.

The Libertarian Republic reports;

“Australia, the largest economy to ever have a carbon tax, repealed it in 2014 after a landslide electoral victory by the country’s conservative party. The conservative coalition moved quickly to get rid of the unpopular tax and other laws put in place by Australia’s ousted left-wing government.

“Today the tax that you voted to get rid of is finally gone, a useless destructive tax which damaged jobs, which hurt families’ cost of living and which didn’t actually help the environment is finally gone,” former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot said when the tax was repealed in 2014.

Carbon tax critics have also pointed out its regressive nature, arguing it would disproportionately harm the poorest members of society who spend a much higher percentage of their household budget on energy. A 2009 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that a carbon tax would double the tax burden of the poorest households. A tax on all man-made greenhouse gas emissions would make the tax burden of the poorest households three times greater than the richest households, according to the study.

There’s also a substantial body of research that suggests taxing carbon dioxide would have no meaningful impact on global warming — the whole point of the tax.”