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House Votes to Condemn Carbon Tax

House Votes to Condemn Carbon Tax

A carbon tax is “detrimental to American families and businesses”

The House has voted to condemn a carbon tax as “detrimental to American families and businesses.”

The Hill reports:

The House voted Friday to condemn a potential carbon tax, closing the door on a climate change policy popular in some conservative circles.

Lawmakers passed, by a 237-163 vote, a GOP-backed resolution listing pitfalls from a tax on carbon dioxide emissions and concluding that such a policy “would be detrimental to American families and businesses, and is not in the best interest of the United States.”

Six Democrats voted with the GOP for the resolution. No Republicans dissented.

The non-binding resolution is first and foremost a defensive measure, to get lawmakers on the record against a carbon tax, in case it’s part of a future proposal, perhaps part of a comprehensive tax reform package or in return for repealing certain regulations.

President Obama has not proposed a carbon tax, and while many Democrats support the idea, it has not taken hold as a serious legislative proposal in years.

Obama has, in fact, proposed carbon taxes, the most recent being the $10 per barrel tax on oil; a fact noted in this Hill article: “The House also voted 253-144 to condemn Obama’s proposal from earlier this year to impose a $10.25 tax on each barrel of oil, an idea that never got much support in Congress.”

Obama has also attempted to use his “pen and phone” to ensure carbon “penalties” via the executive branch to enact the cap and tax bill that did not pass Congress.

The Hill continues:

Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who sponsored the resolution, accused Obama of trying to push carbon taxes through his executive actions after his cap-and-trade bill failed to pass Congress.

“Even with that defeat, President Obama still tries to come back with a carbon tax, through other means, whether it’s regulations or whether it’s superimposed carbon taxes through the [Environmental Protection Agency] and some of the other things they’re doing,” he said.

Scalise objected to the scientific consensus that the climate is changing due mainly to human activity through greenhouse gas emissions and accused carbon tax proponents of trying to control weather.

“They talk about somehow being able to create policy that would stop hurricanes and change the sea level rising, for goodness sake. As if some policy’s going to do that,” he said. “And by the way, the result of their policies will increase carbon in the Earth’s atmosphere.”

These arguments based in facts and science, however, do not work.  The “problem” the progressive left seeks to address with carbon taxes and other such “climate change” legislation has nothing to do with the Earth’s atmosphere, its climate, or anything else they claim concerns them.


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The Friendly Grizzly | June 11, 2016 at 6:48 pm

A non-binding resolution. How brave! How wonderful!

Is this just more symbolism to feed to the benighted in flyover country while the GOPe sells us out in the back rooms?

When will congress actually DO something to stop this assault on the USA?


    And when we stop sending the same Congress critters back for sixty year stints; after a term or two (to be generous), they stop representing us to Washington and start either representing Washington to us or become adept “election conservatives” who hood-wink voters time and again. 😛

    DieJustAsHappy in reply to TX-rifraph. | June 11, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    I’m not holding my breath. It has been said that they rolled over for Obama because they didn’t want to be seen as beating up on the first black President. One can only imagine their attitude should Hillary get elected. They wouldn’t want to spoil the presidency of the first female President.

    Now, the guy that might actually try to do something, Trump, him they’ll beat up on. We just have got to hold them during the odd years to live up to the promises they make in the even years (to get elected).

Common Sense | June 11, 2016 at 7:29 pm

A non-binding defensive resolution! WOW!
Way to go guys! So very impressive.

Obama will just flip you the bird and do what he wants to do.
But I know you will hold some very important hearings.

Is it any wonder we are desperate for a strong leader.

Queue up Trump!

Squeaker Ryan squeaks.

Too little, too late.

We need to continue to cull the rino herd until it’s gone.

Isn’t this the same republican congress that’s voted to repeal Obama/Boehner care over 50 times over the last 6 years? Isn’t there an election in 5 months?
Which means that if the republican’s retain the house they can continue to screw us over again with the lame duck session in 6 months. And they can do it for all of 2017 & well into 2018.
Remember, in the November election elect more republican’s!

I know this polar bear. You can’t take his opinion too seriously.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to tyates. | June 12, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I’ve nothing against polar bears personally, but they DO affect property values.

FTA: No Republicans dissented.

However, not all voted in favor, either. Rep. Jolly FL-13) voted “Present”.

Also, one Republican opposed the [nonbinding, worthless] resolution against the $10/barrel oil tax — Rep. Richard Hanna of upstate NY (NY-22).

Another population control strategy for carbon-based life forms (e.g. “humans”).