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Carney: “We Would Never Propose a Carbon Tax”

by Keith Koffler on November 16, 2012, 9:33 am

As deficit talks formally get underway today, the White House has pulled the controversial idea of a carbon tax off the table, removing an issue that was sure to evoke strong protests from Republicans.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Thursday suggested President Obama’s decision not to try to use a carbon tax to reduce the deficit and combat global warming is permanent.

“We would never propose a carbon tax, and have no intention of proposing one,” Carney told reporters traveling with Obama aboard Air Force One to New York.

A carbon tax could be assessed on fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas that many believe contribute to global warming. There had been talk in recent days that Obama might levy a carbon tax to help reduce the deficit.

At his press conference Wednesday, Obama noted that there is no consensus on enacting a carbon tax and suggested said fixing the economy would take precedence over addressing climate change:

I don’t know what either Democrats or Republicans are prepared to do at this point, because this is one of those issues that’s not just a partisan issue; I also think there are regional differences.

There’s no doubt that for us to take on climate change in a serious way would involve making some tough political choices.  And understandably, I think the American people right now have been so focused, and will continue to be focused on our economy and jobs and growth, that if the message is somehow we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don’t think anybody is going to go for that.  I won’t go for that.

Obama said instead that any effort to tackle climate change would come only after “a wide-ranging conversation with scientists, engineers, and elected officials,” which is Washington-speak for saying he doesn’t plan to seriously address the issue this year.

{ 13 comments }

RickW November 16, 2012 at 9:36 am

“We would never….” = “We’ll call it something else”

Lizzy November 16, 2012 at 9:50 am

Probably means it will be a tax, new regulation and add it to Obamacare as a
penality

Girly1 November 16, 2012 at 10:19 am

You’re right, Keith – not this year.

Aileen November 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

This is Bizzaro World…the definition of “never” is “sure to occur.”

Star November 16, 2012 at 10:28 am

…for now, just floating it….

D.V. November 16, 2012 at 10:50 am

unfortunately his choice of scientists and experts is not very wide….how about sunspots?

Quintis Arrius November 16, 2012 at 11:12 am

Excellent point, D.V.!
Here is a link to those crazy-eyed Global warming opponents (my words) down in Huntsville, Alabama at the Marshall Spaceflight Center-NASA.
http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/images/Zurich_Color_Small.jpg

If you boot up this link, you can have some historical fun with it. Years with low sunspot activity tended to be colder, wetter years. The winters, therefore, of 1777 and 1944 were especially notable for the descriptions of the winter at Valley Forge and the “Battle of the Bulge” in France. High sunspot activity predict hotter years and active tropical storms. And so Hurricane Katrina and the 4 Florida storms were in 2005, a period of high activity for sunspots.
Interesting ,no?

lc southern November 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

Bet appoints a CZAR for carbon emissions…

Susan November 16, 2012 at 11:28 am

“We would never propose a carbon tax…” – Sure you won’t. It will be disguised as a fee, excise, levy or some other misnomer. Kinda like his Affordable Health Care Act, which is anything but affordable or healthy.

srdem65 November 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

So true.
I will testify that in this global warming/climate change Arizona had a mild summer compared to previous years. Of course, we think any number under 115 degrees to be “mild”, but there it is.

A dozen or so years ago, we clocked in at 118-122 degrees for a 7 day period. Had to close the airports (tarmac asphalt got gummy), car batteries died while cars were travelling down the freeway and promoted a brisk sale in “I survived 122 degrees” t-shirts.
Good times.

Robin H November 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Why should he? He’ll just shut down all our coal and oil refineries instead.

jukin November 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm

When the Obama Regime denies it, you know it is true.

Welcome to the third world my friends.

gutz22 June 21, 2013 at 6:24 am

This is no more than another way to finance Democrats & Obozo The Great All Knowing King Fecal’s agenda to enslave us & destroy liberty & freedom.There’s a pattern here Stimulus , Tax the producers ie the rich & foster climate change hoax in order to steal more of our money.
This man/child is a godless monster intent on our nation’s destruction.