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Energy Companies Back Carbon Tax to Address Climate Change

A group of corporations, including energy companies, are joining with environmental activist groups to push a carbon tax as a way to address climate change.

Under the umbrella called the CEO Climate Dialogue, oil giants BP and Royal Dutch Shell are working with The Environmental Defense Fund and The Nature Conservancy to promote a climate change policy that includes taxing carbon.

Ford Motor Company and Citi, among others, are also participating in the coalition.

The CEO Climate Dialogue is backing half a dozen principles.

Axios reports:

The coalition is laying out 6 principles they hope will guide lawmakers in passing big climate policy. The aim is to be less prescriptive than other corporate-led efforts, namely the Climate Leadership Council, whose members include some of the same companies and are pushing a carbon tax whose revenue is sent back to consumers

The push for a carbon tax comes at a time when the far left is advocating for the Green New Deal, an extremely aggressive policy to address climate change.

Support for a carbon tax is not universally supported by environmental activist groups.

The Washington Post story, “The Energy 202: Why some climate activists are cooling on a carbon tax,” explains some environmental activist groups want the more drastic action like the Green New Deal instead of a carbon tax.

The story includes a letter to The Progressive Caucus in Congress from about thirty groups that strongly oppose a carbon tax.

The Sunrise Movement backs the Green New Deal and are calling for protests at the Democrat debate in Detroit.

Freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) supports Green New Deal activism.

Taxing carbon will drive the price of carbon-based energy higher – coal, oil, natural gas – which makes consumers spend more on energy and products made from petroleum.

Accordingly, a carbon tax is bad for consumers and bad for the economy.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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