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Murkowski Puts Massive Carbon Tax “On The Table” During Event with Sheldon Whitehouse

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Posted by Mike Palicz on Thursday, October 22nd, 2020, 3:45 PM PERMALINK

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said a carbon tax "is worth putting on the table" during a panel discussion yesterday with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sponsored by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

"I know that a price on carbon is one that makes Republicans more than a little bit nervous," continued Murkowski. "But I do think that can be and that should be one of the options that is on the table for discussion, in terms of how you can move policies forward," she said.

Sen. Murkowski is correct to note that carbon taxes, which raise the cost of gasoline and household energy bills, face significant political opposition as voters have a well-established track of rejecting carbon taxes on the ballot.

Last Congress, 229 House Republicans voted in favor of an anti-carbon tax resolution. In 2019, a coalition of 90 conservative and free-market organizations penned a letter to Congress opposing any form of a carbon tax. Sen. Murkowski’s support for a carbon tax would make her the only Republican in the Senate on record backing such a tax.

Even the panel moderator noted he was “struck” that Sen. Murkowski “in a state where oil and gas production is so critical, was willing to look closely at carbon pricing.”

Sen. Murkowski’s call for a carbon tax is indeed shocking given that roughly 85% of Alaska’s state budget is funded from oil revenues.

When pressed by the event’s moderator to explain how her plan would deal with low-income Americans facing higher energy costs, Murkowski suggested using the generated revenue for wealth redistribution. “As you know there have been proposals if there is a price, how you can rebate that to individuals, how you can help with transition assistance. These are the types of policies, and discussions, that must be had,” said Murkowski.

Translation: Murkowski suggests using the revenue generated from a carbon tax to send apology checks to poor Americans for raising their energy costs. 

Sen. Murkowski’s comments seem to reference carbon tax and rebate legislation pushed by progressive advocacy groups like Climate Leadership Council and Citizens’ Climate Lobby. According to a recent study from the Tax Foundation, a commonly proposed carbon tax and rebate plan (starting at $50 per metric ton) would raise taxes by $1.87 trillion over ten years, kill 421,000 jobs and reduce GDP by 0.4 percent.

Americans for Tax Reform urges Sen. Murkowski to take carbon taxes completely off the table and instead focus on policies that reduce energy costs for American consumers rather than add to their burden.

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Video: Biden “Likely” to Support a “Very High” Carbon Tax, According to Biden Advisor.


Posted by Mike Palicz on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020, 7:20 PM PERMALINK

Joe Biden will likely implement a “very high” carbon tax in the United States, according to a member of a Biden advisory committee on trade. Such a carbon tax could approach nearly a $2 trillion tax hike, according to estimates. Biden himself is on record in support of a carbon tax.

“There is, pending in the United States, significant legislation that I think is likely to gain support from a Biden administration to impose a carbon tax in the United States that would also have as part of it an import border adjustment as well as an export rebate," Jennifer Hillman, a former World Trade Organization judge and member of the Biden campaign’s external advisory committee on trade, said while participating in a virtual event hosted by Politico.

Hillman, who is a reported frontrunner for the position of U.S. Trade Representative in a Biden administration, confirmed her role as an advisor to the Biden campaign during the event and noted that Biden’s carbon tax would be imposed at a high level and in a more direct form of taxation than European models. 

“Different from the European system, it would be a straight-up tax on carbon. The most likely one is going to be one that taxes well-head/mine-mouth - meaning it taxes the carbon as it comes out of the ground, so you'd be taxing coal, oil, and natural gas as it comes out of the ground. A very high tax,” said Hillman.

Hillman continued by comparing the Biden plan’s similarity to a Value-Added Tax (VAT) that would be paid by all Americans.

“The presumption is [the tax] then passes through the rest of the economy so everyone then pays as it gets passed along. Kind of like a Value Added Tax, but this is a carbon-added tax that passes along, with a border adjustment, meaning a tax on imports and an export rebate,” said Hillman. “That is, at least, a very real possibility coming out of the United States when we have a different administration.” 

Politico’s Morning Energy newsletter noted that the carbon tax Hillman described bore a striking resemblance to legislation introduced in 2018 by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) that imposes an initial carbon tax of $50 per metric ton and increases each subsequent year based upon emission levels.

According to estimates from the Tax Foundation, a carbon tax starting at $50 per metric ton would increase taxes by roughly $1.87 trillion in a ten-year window.

Biden has made clear his support for a carbon tax during his presidential campaign. Previously, in a CNN town hall with Anderson Cooper, Biden stated his support for a carbon tax.

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Coalition of 66 Conservative Groups Support Pebble Mine Permitting

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Posted by Mike Palicz on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020, 1:20 PM PERMALINK

Today, Americans for Tax Reform joined a coalition of 66 conservative organizations urging President Trump to reject political meddling in the Pebble Mine permitting decision and to allow the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to issue the necessary permits for the project to move forward. 

Alaska's proposed Pebble Mine Project, one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper and gold deposits, is approaching the final stage of its permitting process. After clearing its final environmental review from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in July, the project is anticipated to receive a final Record of Decision from the Trump Administration in the coming weeks.

Pebble Mine has long been the poster-child of critical projects delayed by a broken permitting process. House Democrats have renewed efforts to obstruct Pebble’s permitting process by blocking funding for the Army Corps to issue permitting while the Obama Administration went as far as rendering a preemptive veto to prevent the mine from even receiving a proper environmental review. Last year, the Trump Administration righted this wrong by withdrawing Obama’s preemptive veto, allowing the project to move through the standard review process.

In a letter addressed to President Trump, the signing organizations “applaud the progress made so far on [The President’s] broad regulatory reform agenda and strongly support [his] continuing efforts to remove obstacles to environmental permitting of natural resource and infrastructure projects."

However, the letter’s signers warn that they are “disturbed by reports of White House meddling in the permitting process for the Pebble Mine in Alaska. It recalls the bad old days when the Obama administration misused its Clean Water Act authority and used bogus science to veto the project before an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) had even been submitted.”

President Trump recently reassured Americans that politics would be removed from the Pebble Mine decision by tweeting, “Don’t worry, wonderful & beautiful Alaska, there will be NO POLITICS in the Pebble Mine Review Process. I will do what is right for Alaska and our great Country!!!”

Americans for Tax Reform applauds President Trump for promising to keep politics out of the permitting decision and for enacting real reforms to fix a broken permitting process. ATR urges President Trump to fulfill his promise by allowing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to issue the necessary permits for the project to move forward.

The letter is below:

September 23, 2020

Dear President Trump,

In a speech on July 16 before an enthusiastic audience on the South Lawn, you proudly marked the progress that your administration has made in its "historic campaign to rescue American workers from job-killing regulations." Conservatives applaud the progress made so far on your broad regulatory reform agenda and strongly support your continuing efforts to remove obstacles to environmental permitting of natural resource and infrastructure projects.

That is why many of us were disturbed by reports of White House meddling in the permitting process for the Pebble Mine in Alaska. It recalls the bad old days when the Obama administration misused its Clean Water Act authority and used bogus science to veto the project before an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) had even been submitted.

Political interference in the EIS process was inappropriate then, and it is inappropriate now. In preparing its EIS, the company developing the Pebble Mine spent over $150 million on scientific studies considering every possible environmental impact of building and operating the mine. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers then conducted the EIS process in a professional and thorough way as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. After this exhaustive review lasting more than a year, the Corps issued its final EIS in July, which concluded that the mine would not negatively impact the environment and in particular would not harm Bristol Bay's extensive salmon fisheries.

Before the Corps made its final record of decision, old claims were again raised that the mine would threaten the salmon and destroy hunting and fishing opportunities for wealthy sportsmen. Regardless of the source of these claims -- whether from White House insiders, campaign donors, media personalities, or environmental pressure groups -- it is critical to consider that these claims were fully considered by the Army Corps in the EIS process and dismissed on the basis of overwhelming scientific evidence.

Nonetheless, and apparently because of political intervention, the Corps has since required further environmental mitigation before issuing its record of decision. While the company prepares to submit its mitigation plan, we urge you to order that the regulatory process now move forward in strict accordance with the law and without further delays based on groundless claims.

There are at least three important reasons why derailing the permitting process for the Pebble Mine would be disastrous. First, killing the first major project to be permitted since your July speech would undermine the credibility of your deregulatory efforts. In particular, it would discourage the mining industry, which is at a low ebb in the United States as the result of decades of regulatory suffocation, from making other multi-billion dollar investments to take advantage of America's vast mineral potential.

Second, the mine is vital to the economic future for the people living in the Bristol Bay watershed (an area the size of Ohio) and for the State of Alaska. It is located in a remote area where there are few jobs for native villagers and where endemic poverty has fostered serious social dislocations.The recent collapse in oil prices is a painful reminder that Alaska's economy is overly dependent on oil production and must diversify if it is to flourish in the future.

Third, the mine's economic benefits go far beyond the jobs in Alaska. The Pebble ore body contains colossal quantities of copper, gold, and molybdenum, as well other strategic minerals such as rare earths. The mine will provide minerals that are critical to high-tech industries in America and the world. It will also create tens of billions of dollars of economic activity across the country. In this regard, reports that China opposes the mine, presumably because it would lessen U.S. dependence on China for strategic minerals, comes as no surprise.

The Pebble Mine, although a mere pinprick on the vast Alaska landscape, would create enormous wealth and provide immense economic benefits to America. We urge you to prohibit any further political meddling and let the Corps proceed to issue the permits necessary for this important project to move forward. Thank you for your attention to our concerns.

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Tucker Carlson is Right, Trump’s Pro-Mining Agenda is Winning Support in Minnesota

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Posted by Mike Palicz, Alex Fried on Thursday, September 17th, 2020, 12:33 PM PERMALINK

In an interview earlier this month on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Mayor Andrea Zupancich, one of six Democrat mayors from Minnesota who have endorsed President Donald Trump for reelection, explained that her support is tied to the Trump administration’s pro-mining agenda. 

In the backdrop of the interview is a major decision awaiting the Trump administration as it's poised to make a permitting decision on Pebble Mine, the world’s largest undeveloped copper and gold mine. 

Mayor Zupancich stated her endorsement is due to President Trump’s strong support for mining rights and the hard-working individuals of mining communities. Zupancich also criticized the Democrat Party for failing to represent her community and for ignoring the importance of copper and other precious metals critical for developing cleaner energy. 

“We are sitting on billions of tons of copper, nickel, and precious metals. Everything that supports the green deal energy that everyone wants right now, and we are just not seeing the support on the other side,” Zupancich explained.

“You can’t have energy of any kind without copper,” host Tucker Carlson agreed. “And you supply it. That’s not a negotiable. You have to have it,” he continued.

Mayor Zupancich is not the only Minnesota politician touting the importance of the Trump administration’s pro-mining agenda. Congressman Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) recently stressed the importance of Polymet Mine, a proposed copper and nickel mine in Minnesota awaiting permitting approval from the Trump administration and estimated to generate more than $500 million in annual economic activity. Rep. Stauber told Forbes that opening the mine would be akin to “bringing the Super Bowl up to northeastern Minnesota every year.”

Rep. Stauber also urged the Trump administration to stay the course on permitting for critical mining projects such as Pebble Mine, explaining that Minnesotans are now watching what the Trump administration is doing on Pebble Mine and hoping that the President will reject pressure from the environmental left. 

Stauber noted that “to see the administration allow outside influences change the course of this potential project without going through the normal regulatory process, without allowing science, facts and the truth to dictate” would be cause for great concern in his state. Stauber also echoed Mayor Zupancich’s criticism of Democrats for not backing American mining. “Projects in Minnesota continue to be delayed by outside, well-funded political machines and it was a hallmark of the Obama-Biden administration,” exclaimed Stauber.

Minnesota, like many other states, has a strong mining community made up of small towns that provides copper and critical minerals for our entire nation’s energy grid. The elected leaders of these communities, regardless of their political party, are beginning to make it clear that they stand with the Trump administration’s pro-mining agenda.

The exchange between Tucker Carlson and Mayor Zupancich is below:

DEMOCRAT MAYOR ANDREA ZUPANCICH – BABBITT, MINNESOTA: “It’s not a matter of who we are supporting. It is a matter of what the Democratic party is representing right now. President Trump is actually supporting our mining ways, our rights, and everything else we stand for up here. We are hard-working individuals. We’ve got an amazing workforce up here. And we just don’t see the backing with the minerals that we have up here. We are sitting on billions of tons of copper, nickel, and precious metals. Everything that supports the green deal energy that everyone wants right now, and we are just not seeing the support on the other side.”

TUCKER: “Right. You made two good points. You can’t have energy of any kind without copper. And you supply it. That’s not a negotiable. You have to have it.”

MAYOR: “We don’t want to be getting our minerals from somewhere where they have child labor working and no safety standards. When we have it all right here. We have the strictest environmental standards and everything else going on. I would much rather drink the water out of my tap than down in other metro areas.”

TUCKER: “For 100 years the Democratic party was the party that represented people in your town who worked in the Iron Range. People who worked. Now they [Democrats] are not [representing the area]. What happened?”

 

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Ignore the Environmental Activists, Listen to the U.S. Army Corps on Pebble Mine

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Posted by Mike Palicz on Thursday, August 6th, 2020, 8:20 PM PERMALINK

Alaska's proposed Pebble Mine Project, one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper and gold deposits, is approaching the final stage of its permitting process. After recently receiving a positive environmental review from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the project is anticipated to receive a final Record of Decision from the Trump Administration in the coming weeks.

ATR and a coalition of conservative organizations have consistently argued that Pebble Mine, like all other proposed projects, should be evaluated based upon a proper and well-established environmental review process. Its approval would decrease America’s reliance on foreign nations for critical minerals while creating thousands of new jobs in a community that needs them, now more than ever. 

Radical environmentalists bent on obstructing Pebble Mine’s permitting process have found no shortage of excuses to oppose the project, but the most commonly raised concern is the project’s alleged impact on the native salmon population.

This concern was rightly considered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Army Corps recently issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and directly contradicted claims that the mine posed a significant threat to the area’s salmon population. The final EIS concluded that “no long-term measurable changes in the number of returning salmon are expected, nor is genetic diversity expected to change.”

Pebble Mine cleared its final environmental review without issue. Any lingering claims from the environmental-left that the proposed mine poses a significant threat to salmon in the area are without merit, according to the Army Corps’ review. 

President Trump has rightly taken issue with the existing permitting process he inherited, a process that bogs down critical infrastructure and energy development projects with red tape. Last month, President Trump took action to speed up our nation’s permitting process by establishing time limits for an EIS to be conducted.

Pebble Mine is the poster-child of critical projects delayed by a broken permitting process. The Obama Administration went as far as issuing a preemptive veto to prevent the mine from even receiving a proper environmental review. Last year, the Trump Administration righted this wrong by withdrawing Obama’s preemptive veto, allowing the project to move through the standard review process.

President Trump can continue the restoration of a proper permitting process by ignoring the calls of environmental activists who oppose all development projects and instead allow for Pebble Mine’s final Record of Decision to be based upon the merits of the Army Corps’ review.

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Trump Continues Energy Dominance Agenda, Announces New Pipeline Permitting

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Posted by Mike Palicz on Thursday, July 30th, 2020, 8:41 PM PERMALINK

President Trump delivered remarks in Midland, Texas yesterday highlighting the success of the Trump administration’s energy dominance agenda while announcing new permits for pipeline and rail infrastructure.

In a push to further expand American energy production, President Trump announced the permitting of four projects on the border. Three of the permits will allow for increased American exports of crude oil to Mexico, while the fourth will allow the existing Keystone pipeline to raise the cross-border shipping limit to 760,000 barrels a day, from 590,000.

"With the tremendous progress we have made over the past three years, America is now energy independent," remarked President Trump

Yesterday’s announcement is just the latest effort of the administration to strengthen American energy independence and increase the availability of affordable energy for American consumers. 

Under the Trump administration, the U.S. has become the world leader in crude oil production while maintaining its role as the top producer of natural gas thanks to the fracking revolution. The deregulatory actions taken under President trump to increase energy production have increased the number of jobs in the energy sector while benefiting consumers through lower prices.

President Trump’s dedication to American energy independence and commitment to vital energy infrastructure projects is in stark contrast to the agenda offered by Democrats. Earlier this week, Joe Biden’s climate task force Co-Chair, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), introduced a measure that would establish a nationwide ban on new pipeline construction. Such heavy-handed policy would raise energy prices for all Americans while disproportionately harming poor households who spend a higher share of their income on energy bills and gasoline.

Americans for Tax Reform applauds the Trump administration for its commitment to affordable energy and American energy independence. Yesterday’s announcement from President Trump is further evidence of our country’s progress towards achieving these goals. 

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AOC Pushes Nationwide Pipeline Ban in Appropriations Bill

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Posted by Mike Palicz on Tuesday, July 28th, 2020, 12:20 PM PERMALINK

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced an amendment to an appropriations package on Monday that would create a nationwide ban on new pipeline construction.

Ocasio-Cortez’s amendment to the Energy and Water Development bill in the minibus (H.R. 7617) would prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from using any funding to issue permitting for new oil and gas pipelines, even for projects receiving positive Environmental Impact Statements. 

Here it is straight from the amendment's text:

None of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the Corps of Engineers to issue a permit under section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1344) for the discharge of dredged or fill material resulting from an activity to construct a pipeline for the transportation of oil or gas.

Ocasio-Cortez’s ban on pipeline infrastructure is just one of a number of anti-energy amendments offered by House Democrats on the funding package.

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) offered an amendment that would ban the Army Corps from using funds in the bill to issue a Record of Decision on Pebble Mine in Alaska, despite the Army Corps clearing the mine in its final environmental review just last week. The action is the latest effort from Congressional Democrats to skirt the normal permitting process for the Pebble Mine Project, which had been blocked from even receiving an environmental review under the Obama administration. 


Other amendments offered by House Democrats include subsidies for renewable energy including an amendment offered by Rep. Tom Malinovski (D. N.J.) to use taxpayer funds to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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Trump Unveils Final Rule to Accelerate Infrastructure Permitting

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Posted by Mike Palicz on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020, 5:20 PM PERMALINK

President Trump announced today that the Administration is issuing a final rule expediting the permitting process for infrastructure projects by streamlining the environmental reviews required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The final rule will update NEPA regulations to impose time limits of two years for projects to receive an environmental impact statement (EIS) and one year for an environmental assessment (EA). The announcement is welcome news for taxpayers as NEPA regulations have contributed to a backlog of critical infrastructure projects delayed by bureaucratic red tape.

Prior to today’s announcement, the average time for federal agencies to conduct NEPA reviews had ballooned to four and half years, contrary to guidance issued by Council on Environmental Quality under the Reagan Administration limiting the permitting process to one. Several projects have been delayed much longer, with federal highway projects waiting over seven years on average to receive an EIS.

Reaction from Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform:

"Under the Obama administration, NEPA regulations were used as a political weapon to delay infrastructure projects with endless paperwork and litigation. It should never take 7 years for the government to issue a permit for building a bridge. Yet this is the average time it currently takes the Federal Highway Administration to complete an Environmental Impact Statement. Today's announcement from CEQ is an important step towards fixing a broken permitting process. This final rule rightly recognizes that infrastructure projects should receive their environmental review in a timely manner and based solely on the merits of the project." - Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.

Key provisions of proposed rulemaking:

  • Establishing time limits for completion of environmental impact statements (EISs) to two years and completion of environmental assessments (EAs) to one year.

  • Allows applicants to assume a greater role in preparing EISs under agency supervision.

  • Requires a single record of decision (ROD) for EISs involving multiple agencies.

  • Provides a new direction on whether NEPA applies to a project.

  • Provides a clarifying definition that a proposed project’s effects must be “reasonably foreseeable” and have a reasonably close relationship to the proposed action that is casual.

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KEY VOTE: ATR Urges a “NO” Vote on H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. 

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Posted by Mike Palicz on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020, 3:44 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform is issuing a Key Vote Alert in opposition to H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. 

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives will hold a vote on Speaker Pelosi’s $1.5 trillion green infrastructure bill. Entirely debt-financed, this reckless spending bill proposed by House Democrats is being sold to the public as a coronavirus “stimulus” bill, despite the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently reaffirming that government spending on infrastructure programs is a poor form of economic stimulus. In a May report, CBO concluded that after the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, “seven and a half months after the legislation was enacted, less than 10 percent of the infrastructure funds provided by ARRA had been spent.”

In reality, this legislation is a sweeping expansion of green energy subsidies and handouts to industries politically favored by Democrats. House Democrats have taken the normal bipartisan process of a surface transportation reauthorization bill and turned it into a progressive wishlist of Green New Deal priorities.

As House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio himself stated, this proposal is “a radical departure from highway-focused transportation bills” and instead places “climate resilience at the center.”

Below are key non-highway related provisions included in H.R. 2 that lawmakers should be aware of prior to the full House vote:

  • Includes a $25 billion bailout for the Postal Service including a mandate to purchase electric vehicles and requires every postal facility in the country to have electric vehicle charging stations by 2026. 

  • Extends the investment tax credit (ITC) for wind and solar energy through 2025, contradicting the bipartisan agreement reached in December of 2019 to phase these tax credits out permanently.

  • Expands the electric vehicle tax credit by tripling the cap from 200,000 to 600,000 vehicles per manufacturer.

  • Creates a new tax credit for used electric vehicles capped at $2,500.

  • Authorizes $2 billion per year through 2025 to build electric vehicle charging stations. 

  • Allocates $1 billion in credits annually to colleges and universities that establish an environmental justice program. 

  • Includes a $325 million program for electric school buses.

The inclusion of such provisions clearly demonstrates that H.R. 2 is a performative measure meant to appease progressive constituencies and politically-favored industries rather than a serious attempt to fund our nation's roads and bridges. 

Americans for Tax Reform urges lawmakers to vote “NO” on H.R. 2, which would add roughly $700 billion to the national debt while prioritizing the progressive initiatives of the Green New Deal over the infrastructure needs of the country.

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Democrat’s Climate Action Plan Backs Carbon Tax & Handouts for Wind, Solar & EVs

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Posted by Mike Palicz on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020, 12:17 PM PERMALINK

Today, Democrats on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released a new climate action plan calling for a national carbon tax and a dramatic expansion of taxpayer subsidies for “green” industries favored by Democrats. 

Among a litany of taxpayer-funded handouts included in the plan, House Democrats would extend and expand subsidies for the wind and solar industries as well as tax credits for electric vehicle owners. Unsurprisingly, the plan is also filled with unrelated treats for labor unions such as prevailing wage requirements meant to satisfy Democrat constituencies. 

Below are just some of the costly provisions included in the report.

Creates of a massive national carbon tax

“Congress should establish a carbon pricing system designed to achieve America’s economywide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal of net-zero by no later than 2050.” 

House Democrats also dispel the often-repeated myth that a carbon tax would be introduced in exchange for a reduction in existing regulations on emissions.

“Congress should not offer liability relief or nullify Clean Air Act authorities or other existing statutory duties to cut pollution in exchange for a carbon price.”

Subsidies for the Wind Industry

The action plan recommends that  “Congress should extend the Section 45 PTC for wind energy.” 

The plans specifically references the GREEN Act of 2020 (H.R. 7330), which would “preserve the Section 45 PTC at existing phaseout levels through 2020 but would extend the tax credit at 60% through 2025.

The plan also calls for specific subsidies for offshore wind:

“Congress should provide a long-term extension of the Section 48 ITC for offshore wind energy projects. Congress should provide a direct pay option for clean energy tax credits.” 

Subsidies for the Solar Industry

“Congress should extend the Section 48 ITC for solar energy generation. Congress should provide a direct pay option for clean energy tax credits.“

House Democrats also include unrelated provisions meant as a handout to politically favored labor unions. Under their plan to “Expand Low-Income Residential Solar” Democrats mandate that “Federal support for projects should be conditioned on recipients meeting strong labor standards (including Buy America/n and Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements), complying with all labor, environmental, and civil rights statutes, and signing community benefit agreements and project labor agreements, where relevant.”

Expanding Electric Vehicle Tax Credits

Democrats recommend Congress “raise the per-manufacturer cap on the electric vehicle tax credit to support the deployment of these vehicles” while also highlighting legislation that would double the value of existing tax credits for EV owners. Specifically, the action plan highlights legislation (H.R. 5393) from Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) that “increases the electric vehicle tax credit to $15,000 for cars costing less than $35,000.”

New $5,000 Tax Credit for Used Electric Vehicles.

“Congress should enact a federal tax incentive and/or create a grant program to facilitate the consumer purchase of used electric vehicles.” 


The plan again highlights legislation from Rep. Speier that “creates a $5,000 tax credit for the purchase of a used electric vehicle.” This means that Democrats are proposing taxpayers foot the bill for up to to $20,000 of the original cost of a $35,000 electric vehicle when combining Rep. Speier’s tax credits for new and used EVs.

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