Global Warming: a naturally occurring climate cycle spun into a climate crisis by leftists worldwide to undermine individual freedoms and empower government in the charade to “save Earth.” The flagrant hubris that humans can manipulate the climate temperature up and down is a perfect reflection of the hubris of liberalism, where the perfection of human nature is considered a realistic social and political goal. The environmental movement, fed by George Soros and led by NASA’s James Hansen, has gone from hounding little children in classrooms with threats of a lifeless planet unless we ban oil to hounding all of us as children with attacks on our freedoms for our own good. The global warming hysteria is the left’s D-Day assault on North America and Canada in particular – which makes us no better than Nazis for resisting.
One of the consequences of Conservatives breaking away from principle thanks the people like Preston Manning gives way to the rise of Liberal power. That power is manifesting itself in the drive to re-impose liberal influence throughout our lives – one way being through the weapon of the tax. The government inviting itself into your bank account means much more than you having less of the money you’ve earned, it means giving government the power (revenue) to grow and usurp more of those responsibilities better left to a free people. To flip a platitude: There is no freedom to enjoy if there is no responsibility to be had. David Suzuki has convinced many that the challenges in life that demand individual responsibility are artificial obstacles created by nefarious capitalists whose only fear is the righteous jackboot of government. In this world, David Suzuki is the hero.
The hero rides to the rescue once again, in the form of Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He believes we can solve climate change using the power of punitive taxation! For this plan to work he would have to raise gas taxes, tax carbon. I can see the clouds parting already, and we all better grab our sweaters because I don’t think the Davaid Suzuki’s of this world are done cooling the climate with our wallets:
Former Obama adviser Lawrence Summers who is now the guiding light for Mr. Trudeau and his key advisors – a development that may have a dramatic impact on Canadian public policy is pushing for a carbon tax – including on imports from countries without one.
Here is Summers latest push for a carbon tax:
A tax of $25 a ton would raise more than $100 billion each year and seems a reasonable starting point.
How should the proceeds be used? Here, too, it seems more important to reach consensus on the principle of taxation. My preference would be for the funds to be split between investments in infrastructure and pro-work tax credits. An additional $50 billion a year in infrastructure spending would be a significant contribution to closing America’s investment gap in that area. The same sum devoted to pro-work tax credits could finance a huge increase in the earned-income tax credit, a meaningful reduction in the payroll tax or some combination of the two
Summers’s approach and quite possibly Justin Trudeau’s is a swirling maelstrom of liberal antipathy for private business and prosperity. Punitive taxation used to extort changes in behavior to, ostensibly, combat the political Frankenstein dubbed ‘global warming.’ It’s a money maker. It’s good for the environment. It’s injurious to capitalistic enterprise and empowers government. It’s a monster only a liberal could love.
The other reason progressives love carbon taxes is because it will hurt those who tend to be “rural” conservatives, as the cost of gas, electricity will go up meaning those living in the suburbs will be the hardest hit.
For those looking for a “second opinion” on a carbon tax, the National Review has a great article explaining why a carbon tax will not work and hurt the economy.
Here are top 3 reasons a carbon tax will not work
- First and most obvious: A carbon tax will most definitely not be revenue neutral, and it will not be used to phase out existing regulations.
- Second, even to the extent that a new carbon tax’s revenues were devoted to minimizing the blow to the economy, any politically plausible legislation would be quite inefficient from the perspective of supply-side economics.
- Third, the true policy wonk who wants to assess the impact of a carbon tax needs to research the so-called “tax interaction effect.”