Clinton campaign says carbon tax not out of the question

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is not completely opposed to a carbon tax, her campaign chair said Tuesday.

“Right now we’ve not proposed a carbon tax,” John Podesta told an audience Tuesday at a climate change event in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention. “We believe we can get the job done. But if Congress wants to come forward with one, we’ll take a look at it.”

The Democratic Party included a carbon tax plank in the party platform Tuesday to address so-called man-made global warming.

“Democrats believe that carbon dioxide, methane, and other Daily Caller  New Foundationgreenhouse gases should be priced to reflect their negative externalities, and to accelerate the transition to a clean economy and help meet out climate goals,” the Democratic Party platform now reads.

 Anti-fossil fuel activists within the Democratic Party cheer the idea of a carbon tax, including former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“I believe we should ban fracking,” Sanders said. “She does not. I believe we should have tax on carbon and deal aggressively with climate change. That is not her position. Those are some of the issues that I am campaigning on.”

Meanwhile, the party’s wealthiest donor, billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, has called a carbon tax too much of a wedge issue.

The former hedge fund manager turned Democratic Party moneyman told reporters Monday swapping the Clean Power Plan for a carbon tax is essentially a death knell for Democrats in states heavily tied to natural gas development.

Conservatives argue the new platform will likely sacrifice several battleground states dependent on fracking.

“The Republicans may have already won the election in five short words: ‘We oppose any carbon tax,’” Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said in a press statement following the decision.

Podesta and Steyer were pegged to speak at a climate event Tuesday in Philadelphia, which, according to a press statement at the time, was meant to address the “critical importance of climate change in the election, as well as the strongest climate action focused Democratic Party platform ever.”

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  • Brin Jenkins

    Are all the Turkeys still going to vote for Christmas?

  • Dano2

    Polluters should pay. Who disagrees with that?

    Best,

    D

    • PhD

      Hey Dano2 are you up to 80,000 useless quotes yet ?

      Remember socialism dies when they run out of other people’s money. There is no clean word to describe the incredibly corrupt witch Hilary. I know LOTS of Democrats who can not bring themselves to vote for her even with their nose held.

    • Rich Shack

      Since you exhale CO2 with every breath you take, that would include you.

      • Dano2

        Educate yourself.

        best,

        D

  • Immortal600

    Carbon Dioxide is NOT pollution. Anybody that says it is, is an idiot. Simple as that.

    • Dano2

      The dictionary is an idiot, everybody! Take it from Immortal!

      pollutant
      [puh-loot-nt]

      noun

      2. any substance, as certain chemicals or waste products, that renders the air, soil, water, or other natural resource harmful or unsuitable for a specific purpose.

      Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, 549 U.S. 497 (2007)

      …twelve states and several cities of the United States brought suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to force that the federal agency to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) as pollutants.

      Best,

      D

      • Rich Shack

        CO2 does not render the air, soil, water or any other natural resource “unsuitable”. It is a colorless, odorless gas that is necessary for life, especially plant life, and occurs naturally in the atmosphere.. Less than 20% of it is manmade. It has no discernible effect on air quality, water or soil and minimal effect on the earth’s climate compared to other factors. The classification of CO2 as a pollutant by the EPA and several blue states is a political ruling, not a scientific one.

        • Dano2

          And yet, it is a pollutant.

          Best,

          D

      • J T

        I believe he’s saying YOU’RE an idiot. And he’s right.

        • Dano2

          That’s a quality think you made right there. Good job, buddy!

          Best,

          D

          • J T

            Thank you for finally seeing the truth.

            • Dano2

              You made another think! Yay you!

              Best,

              D

      • Huey51

        Dem states controlled by dem governors who’s soul purpose in life is to tax people more and to push there agenda.
        And again CO2 is a needed element to have life on our planet without it life could not exist or is that another myth or just an inconvienient truth. Man emits less than 4% of the CO2 that is emitted into the atmosphere on a yearly basis 96% occurs naturally you know from mother nature so mother nature is the biggest polluter. But my guess is you will just ignore these facts.
        And the biggest joke of all is the lefts plan of a carbon tax a plan that somehow relies on raising the cost of fossil fuels to the point that wind and solar will seem to be a good deal or the same cost to the consumer. Only the left’s idiotic thinking comes up with an idea of making everything from heating your home to groceries more expensive is somehow good for us. And don’t let the fact that for the next 20 or more years there is no technology that can actually replace things like tractors semi’s escavators airplanes which run on fossil fuels get in the logic of this stupid idea

        • Dano2

          Man emits less than 4% of the CO2 that is emitted into the atmosphere on a yearly basis

          Thanks for letting everyone know the source of the extra 120 ppmv/~31% added CO2 in the atmosphere is from man.

          It is that 120 ppmv that is causing the observed changes.

          Good job figgerin it out! Go you!

          Best,

          D