Hillary Open to Carbon Tax, Says Campaign Chief

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Posted by Alex Hendrie and John Kartch on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 7:11 PM PERMALINK

Hillary Clinton is open to the idea of a carbon tax, Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta said Tuesday. Podesta’s remarks came shortly after the 2016 Democrat party platform was shown to formally endorse a carbon tax.

As reported by Politico Pro:

“Right now we’ve not proposed a carbon tax,” John Podesta told reporters here, after speaking at an event hosted by green groups. “We believe we can get the job done. But if Congress wants to come forward with one, we’ll take a look at it.”

Podesta is not the only Democrat plotting with Hillary Clinton to eventually impose a carbon tax. In June 2015, Senate honcho Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said a Hillary victory could pave the way for a carbon tax. He said:

“There's one sort of [value-added tax] Democrats might be for — and that's a carbon tax. So you might get a compromise along those lines.”

The 2016 Democrat Party platform carbon tax language states:

“Democrats believe that carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse 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 move by Democrats to impose a carbon tax comes in clear contrast to the 2016 Republican Party platform opposition to any carbon tax:

“We oppose any carbon tax.”

Americans for Tax Reform is tracking all of Hillary’s tax hike positions at its dedicated website, www.HighTaxHillary.com

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