Democrat Rep. Jim McDermott pushes carbon tax to fight non-existent global warming and to punish American producers… But, mostly to punish American producers.

The far left Democrat recently proposed a $10 per ton tax on coal exported to Asia.

Politico Pro reported:

These days in Congress, climate change is a question. Rep. Jim McDermott says a carbon tax is the answer.

McDermott (D-Wash.) will introduce a bill Thursday to create a carbon tax that he says will create incentives for long-term changes in the American energy market without harming the economy, and in fact providing much-needed revenues.

“A carbon tax is simple to administer and easy to understand. Over time, the price of carbon emissions is increased, which in turn, creates a market incentive to reduce emissions,” according to a fact sheet provided by his office.

McDermott doesn’t expect his legislation to move soon, he told POLITICO, but he wants to get the idea stewing in advance of possible tax reforms.

In politics, “you plant seeds. You put ideas out there and you let people think about” it, he said. “If someone has a better idea, I’m willing to consider it. I think that when we come back in January, we talk about tax reform. I don’t want it to be thrown on the table” at the last minute.

“So I’m putting it out there as a think-piece,” he said.

With so many people around the country suffering from drought, he said, it’s the perfect time to start the discussion.

Still, he’s bucking some big trends.

Since the slow death of cap and trade, Congress has been loath to pick up the issue of reducing greenhouse gas emissions — and to some degree, short on ideas.

Don’t call it a comeback, but climate change has been on the collective congressional mind this week.

The Senate environment committee held its first hearing in years on the state of climate change science, and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) took to the Senate floor to champion a need for action. On the other side of the debate, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) — the man who literally wrote the book on climate change skepticism — has been pressing the issue even more than usual lately, making several floor appearances.

And several environmental groups have increasingly sought to make climate change a campaign issue. Some conservative thinkers even got together recently to kick around the idea of a carbon tax.

On the other hand, any new tax is a poison pill to many lawmakers, especially tea party freshmen.

But McDermott said using electricity from carbon sources has a cost too, in terms of health and climate effects.

 

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  1. Because it makes sense to tax people that are bringing money into this country instead of having money be redistributed

  2. This is Socialism on the march.

  3. They never stop with squeezing us dry. These fcks won’t be happy until we’re all shivering in our hovels, eating rotten potato soup, forbidden to reproduce.

  4. every time i hear some dip stick ramble on about some stupid thing, i am reminded of Will Rogers saying EVERYBODY IS IGNORANT, JUST ON DIFFERENT SUBJECTS.

  5. These guys are stuck on 1995 on global warming.

    These guys are stuck on 1975 on welfare.

    These guys are stuck on 1935 on economics.

    They have no answers

  6. Do these people wake up each day and say, “humm what can I do today to destroy American productivity?”

  7. Democrats want energy to be rare and expensive.

  8. And considering how much of India’s power problem is related to their coal industry inability to get mining rights from their federal goverment due to “climate change” concerns.

    Can we expect to see similar power problems in the US as more and more coal plants are shutdown due to EPA regulations.

  9. Why not just call it an export tax and stay away from the global warming horsefeathers. What he wants to do is add 30% to the cost of coal delivered to Asia. Goggling coal prices, The US is considered the export coal supplier of last resort do to its high labor and environmental cost already and this wiseguy wants to add 30% effectively shutting the US out of the market.
    Perhaps we could attach the same export tax to Boeing planes manufactured in Washington also. Is Washington known for making anything else for export

  10. Present-day liberalism is truly a mental disorder. Liberals live in a fantasy world. Unfortunately, their all-too-real policies have created have created a horrible mess.

    Even as Europe implodes, the liberal still doesn’t get it. Hollande’s answer to the problem: more of the same. Lot’s more.

    Unfortunately, we have an arrogant subprime imbecile in the White House who believes the same nonsense.

    The unassailable fact: Big-government liberalism has made promises it cannot possibly keep. The governments of the U.S. and Europe will, and are already, reneging on those promises. Trillions of dollars have been redistributed largely to the politically connected and the parasites, the latter group contributing nothing to this society unless one regards pathological criminality as a contribution.

    Romney may hold off the day of reckoning, but there is a day of reckoning coming, and it ‘s not going to be pretty.

  11. #10 August 2, 2012 at 10:54 am
    Matthew Stier commented:

    Can we expect to see similar power problems in the US as more and more coal plants are shutdown due to EPA regulations.

    ___________

    Well, yes – that goes without saying. We cannot build any new nuclear plants and the Obama’s administration is not issuing permits for new coal plants. New EPA regs have made coal plants so expensive that huge numbers of them are being shut down – 57 in 2012 alone!

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/28/record-number-of-coal-fired-generators-to-be-shut-down-in-2012/

    Meanwhile, the EPA is also proposing to dynamite 3 major dams in WA state because of salmon – despite the fact that here on the East coast salmon have been successfully using salmon ladders for years and that these dams have been in place for many decades. That is going to obliterate a huge chunk of the hydroelectric power that supplies the West Coast.

    Bottom line: we are not going to have enough electricity to meet our needs, never mind increased needs of a more vibrant economy. Period.

    BTW – out of that “not enough electricity to meet our needs, they want us to buy ELECTRIC cars that need to be plugged in in order to be recharged. Where the electricity for that is supposed to come from is anybody’s guess.

  12. OT -
    Rush just said he got an anonymous phone call from someone at Harvard who said that Barry got the lowest grades ever at Harvard, rarely went to class and the professors covered for him and gave him B’s and C’s. Rush is calling for Barry to release his records.

  13. Baghdad Jim represents the Seattle area in the House, he is only a reflection of what the voters in WA 7th district think and believe. Seattle is Loony Left HQ, North. It rivals SF for sheer brain-dead progressivism.

    #11 August 2, 2012 at 10:58 am
    Gregory commented:

    You think Anthropomorphic Climate Change is horse-feathers, but to the True Believers Cult that is Seattle it’s a Catechism of Faith. Evidence and facts are not required.

    WA has quite a varied export market in addition to airplanes: lumber and wood products (Weyerhaeuser), biotech, mining and aluminum production, beverages (Starbucks, Jones Soda), automotive (Paccar), computer software development (Microsoft, Bungie, Amazon.com, Nintendo of America, Valve Corporation), telecom (T-Mobile USA) and tourism (Alaska Airlines, Expedia, Inc.).

  14. This is all about more power to the Big Government! The Progressives want to tax and control every aspect of our lives — our energy, our air, our water, our food, etc. We need to vote them all out of office!

  15. ++

    be it the last connected dot, loose string that ties
    it all together, or however one cares to frame it..

    believe part, all, or none..

    BIG _ RED _ BOW

    [In 1997, Strong went on to accept from Tongsun Park, who was
    found guilty of illegally acting as an Iraqi agent, $1 million from
    Saddam Hussein, which was invested in Cordex Petroleum Inc.,
    a company he owned with his son, Fred.

    [..]

    In 2000 and 2001, while Barack Obama served as a board member
    for a Chicago-based charitable foundation, he helped to fund a
    pioneering carbon trading exchange that is likely to fill a critical role
    in the controversial cap-and-trade carbon reduction scheme that
    President Obama is now trying to push rapidly through Congress.]

    [In 1953 Strong was hired out of the UN Security section and sent
    to Kenya by the Sidley Austin law firm acting for New York-based
    Rockefeller Family trusts which now handle university endowment
    funds and $55 trillion in the Carbon Disclosure Project.]

    [“In searching for the new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea
    that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and
    the like would fit the bill. In their totality and in their interactions these
    phenomena do constitute a common threat which demands the solidarity
    of all peoples. But in designating them as the enemy, we fall into the trap
    about which we have already warned, namely mistaking symptoms for
    cause. All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it is only
    through changing attitudes and behaviors that they can be overcome. The
    real enemy, then, is humanity itself.”
    ]

    but there you go again..

    ==

  16. ++

    re: #18 August 2, 2012 at 11:50 am bg

    “The social experiment in China under Chairman Moa’s leadership
    is one of the most important and successful in human history.”

    ~ David Rockefeller

    more here & here..

    ==

  17. ++

    re: #18/19 August 2, 2012 bg

    January 23, 2002

    THE WAR AGAINST THE SAUDIS

    imo, no matter who wins, ‘we the people’,
    in particular our future generations, lose..

    ==



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