Timeline: Carbon Tax Consistently Rejected By Voters

Submitted by jkartch on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019, 10,30 AM


April 16, 2019 -- The Premier of Alberta – carbon tax supporter Rachel Notley – was thoroughly defeated by the anti-carbon tax Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party. Kenney’s top issue: repeal the carbon tax. “From its very introduction, the carbon tax has been very unpopular in Alberta. Even dressing it up and trying to bribe taxpayers with rebate cheques didn't work,” said Scott Hennig, President and CEO of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “Alberta's premier-elect Jason Kenney recognized this, and committed that Bill 1 would be to scrap the carbon tax. Clearly, it has been a big vote-getter for his party.”

As noted by the Calgary Herald: “The result makes history, in that it marks the first time an Alberta government has gone down to defeat after only one term.”

The imposition of the carbon tax increased transportation and utility costs and burdened everyday living. An Alberta school district even had to kick 400 kids off school bus service due to the district's $3.3 million carbon tax bill.

February 28, 2019 -- Maine citizens march against Democrat carbon tax proposal, killing the bill. In a committee hearing in the Maine House of Representatives Rep. Deane Rykerson (D-Kittery), the lawmaker sponsoring legislation to impose the nation’s first statewide carbon tax, announced that he was pulling the bill. Nick Isgro, mayor of Waterville and vice chairman of the Maine Republican Party, attributed the change to a bipartisan coalition of Maine citizens who marched to the Capitol to voice opposition to the carbon tax.

December 4, 2018 -- France suspends 2019 carbon tax increase. On January 1, 2019 a steep increase in the fuel and diesel tax was set to take effect, part of President Emmanuel Macron's stated goal of CO2 reduction. The diesel tax was set to rise by 6.5 cents per liter, and the fuel tax was set to rise by 2.9 cents per liter. This was on top of the carbon tax hikes that took effect on Jan. 1, 2018: a tax hike of 7.6 cents per liter on diesel and a hike of 3.9 cents per liter of fuel. The carbon tax increases sparked the Yellow Vest movement, which led to Macron's suspension of the 2019 tax hikes.

November 6, 2018 -- Washington State voters reject a carbon tax, again. True blue Washington state voters rejected a carbon tax ballot measure -- Initiative 1631 -- by a margin of 56-44. This is the second consecutive time Washington state voters rejected a carbon tax ballot measure (See the November 8, 2016 entry below).

November 6, 2018 -- Florida voters reject carbon-tax-pushing Congressman Carlos Curbelo. In September 2018 -- with much fanfare at the National Press Club -- Florida congressman Carlos Curbelo introduced a bill to impose a massive carbon tax on the American people. The bill would have imposed a $688 per year hike in household energy costs, hitting lower income households the hardest. If re-elected, Curbelo pledged to hit the road and travel across the country to sell the legislation. Instead, voters kicked him out of office.

June 7, 2018 -- In Canada, Ontario voters thoroughly kick carbon tax supporting politicians out of office. Due to her support for a carbon tax Liberal Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne went down in the worst defeat of a governing party in modern Ontario history. Liberal Wynne was in favor of a carbon tax and decisively lost to conservative Doug Ford, who ran on abolishing the carbon tax.

July 12, 2018 -- In Canada, anti-carbon tax conservative Laila Goodridge wins Alberta special election. By fighting against the carbon tax, Laila Goodridge was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Fort McMurray-Conklin in the special election with over 65.9% of the vote. "Tonight, voters overwhelmingly rejected the NDP's carbon tax, their smear and tax hike agendas," said Goodridge.

July 12, 2018 -- In Canada, anti-carbon-tax conservative Devin Dreeshen wins Alberta special election. Dreeshen won the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake (Alberta, Canada) special election. He said of the voters: "They voted by huge numbers to send this failed NDP government a message that you’re living on borrowed time and next year we’re going to fire this NDP government and scrap their carbon tax to get Alberta’s economy back on track.”

November 8, 2016 -- Blue state Vermont voters elect anti-carbon tax Republican Phil Scott as Governor. Scott defeated pro-carbon tax Democrat Sue Minter. For voters, there was a clear contrast between the voters on the carbon tax. Scott made clear that if elected, he would veto a carbon tax. Democrat Minter supported a carbon tax.

November 8, 2016 -- Washington state voters reject carbon tax. True-blue Washington State voters were presented with a carbon tax ballot measure known as Initiative 732. The measure failed big time. It was rejected by voters, 59 - 41.

June 23, 2015 --  Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager admits a carbon tax would be "lethal in the general" election.  Robby Mook didn’t want Clinton’s campaign supporting a carbon tax and said, "to be clear: It’s lethal in the general, so I don’t want to support one.”

March 11, 2015 -- Hillary Clinton’s policy research team writes internal memo concluding that a carbon tax “would disproportionately impact low income households.” Clinton decided against pursuing a carbon tax, based on a detailed campaign research memo which concluded that a carbon tax:

-would have a disproportionate impact on low income households

-would cause gas prices to increase 40 cents a gallon

-would cause electricity prices to increase 12%-21%

-would cause household energy bills to go up $480 a year

-would increase the cost of household goods and services

January 7, 2015 -- Center for American Progress founder John Podesta tells colleagues that carbon tax polling “all sucks.” Hillary Clinton campaign chairman and founder of the Center for American Progress John Podesta wrote: "We have done extensive polling on a carbon tax. It all sucks."

September 7, 2013 -- Australia voters kick carbon tax supporting politicians out of office. After opposing the carbon tax during her 2010 campaign, Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard flip-flopped and introduced a carbon tax once elected. In 2013, Tony Abbott campaigned against Gillard, promising that legislation to abolish the carbon tax would be before Parliament within 100 days of his victory. Abbott defeated Gillard and repealed the carbon tax.

November 2, 2010 -- South Carolina voters oust carbon-tax supporting congressman Bob Inglis in primary election. Republican Congressman Bob Inglis proposed a carbon tax and was defeated nearly 3 to 1 in his Republican primary election. His opponent, Trey Gowdy, made it clear he would oppose a carbon tax.