Taxing carbon is often floated as an idea for addressing the supposed issue of global warming or “climate change.” Unfortunately, the more likely result of even the most carefully-designed carbon tax plans is to massively expand government.
Carbon taxes are also notably unpopular at the ballot box with two varying plans having been defeated in the “blue” state of Washington.
The Rio Grande Foundation joined a national coalition of 75 groups in opposition to carbon taxes. The letter is short and sweet:
We oppose any carbon tax. A carbon tax raises the cost of heating your home in the winter and cooling your home in the summer. It raises the cost of filling your car. A carbon tax increases the cost of everything Americans buy and lowers Americans’ effective take home pay. A carbon tax increases the power, cost, and intrusiveness of the government in our lives.