The Carbon TAX Scam

The Carbon TAX Scam

“Proposed U.S. carbon tax “would cut a family of four’s income by nearly $2,000 a year while increasing its electricity bills by more than $500 per year…(and) increase gas prices by 50 cents per gallon.” – The Heritage Foundation


The Carbon TAX Scam


Scam Alert

By Alan Caruba

In a recent appearance before a congressional committee, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told them that the agency’s proposed sweeping carbon-regulation plan was “really an investment opportunity. This is not about pollution control.”

If the plan isn’t about pollution, the primary reason for the EPA’s existence, why bother with yet more regulation of something that is not a pollutant—carbon dioxide—despite the Supreme Court’s idiotic decision that it is. Yes, even the Court gets things wrong.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is vital to all life on Earth, but most particularly to every piece of vegetation that grows on it. Top climatologists tell me that it plays a very small role, if any, in the Earth’s climate or weather. Why would anyone expect a gas that represents 400 parts per million of all atmospheric gases, barely 0.04% of all atmospheric gases to have the capacity to affect something as huge and dynamic as the weather or climate?

When something as absurd as the notion the U.S. must drastically reduce its CO2 emissions is told often enough by a wide range of people that include teachers, the media, scientists, politicians, and the President, people can be forgiven for believing this makes sense.

What Gina McCarthy was demonstrating is her belief that not only the members of Congress are idiots, but all the rest of us are as well.

Faking Climate Data

“The science is clear. The risks are clear. We must act…” Sorry, Gina, a recent issue of Natural News, citing the Real Science website, reported“(in) what might be the largest scientific fraud ever uncovered, NASA and the NOAA have been caught red-handed altering historical temperature data to produce a ‘climate change narrative’ that defies reality.”  As reported in The Telegraph, a London daily, “NOAA’s U.S. Historical Climatology Network has been ‘adjusting’ its record by replacing real temperatures with data ‘fabricated’ by computer models.”

The EPA has been on the front lines of destroying coal-fired plants that produce the bulk of the nation’s electricity, claiming, like the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth that coal is “dirty” and must be eliminated from any use.

On July 29, CNSnews reported that “For the first time ever, the average price for a kilowatthour of electricity in the United States has broken through the 14-cent mark, climbing to a record 14.3 cents in June, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

A Carbon Tax

What the Greens want most of all is a carbon tax; that is to say, a tax on CO2 emissions. It is one of the most baseless, destructive taxes that could be imposed on Americans and we should take a lesson from the recent experience that Australians had when, after being told by a former prime minister, Julia Gillard, that she would not impose the tax, she did. They get rid of her and then got rid of the tax!

As Daniel Simmons, the vice president of policy at the American Energy Alliance, wrote in Roll Call “Australia is now the first country to eliminate its carbon tax. In doing so, it struck a blow in favor of sound public policy.”  Initiated in 2012, the tax had imposed a $21.50 charge (in U.S. dollars), increasing annually, on each ton of carbon dioxide emitted by the country’s power plants.” At the time President Obama called it “good for the world”, but Australians quickly found it was not good for them or their economy.

“Would cut a family of four’s income by nearly $2,000 a year”

Favored by several Democratic Senators that include New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen, Alaska’s Mark Begich, and North Carolina’s Kay Hagan, the Heritage Foundation, based on data provided by the Energy Information Administration, took a look at the impact that a proposed U.S. carbon tax would have and calculated that it “would cut a family of four’s income by nearly $2,000 a year while increasing its electricity bills by more than $500 per year. It would increase gas prices by 50 cents per gallon. It could eliminate more than a million jobs in the first few years.”

Simmons noted that “It only took (Australians) two years of higher prices, fewer jobs, and no environmental benefits before they abandoned their carbon tax.”

We don’t need, as Gina McCarthy told the congressional committee, “investments in renewables and clean energy” because billions were wasted by Obama’s “stimulus” and by the grants and other credits extended to wind and solar energy in America. They are the most expensive, least productive, and most unpredictable forms of energy imaginable, given that neither the wind nor the sun is available full-time in the way fossil fuel generated energy is. Both require backup from coal, natural gas, and nuclear energy plants.

In addition to all the other White House efforts to saddle Americans with higher costs, it has now launched a major effort to push its “climate change” agenda with a carbon tax high on its list. A July 29 article in The Hill reported that “Obama is poised to sidestep Congress with a new set of executive actions on climate change.”

Carbon taxes – one more nail in the national coffin

If we don’t jump-start our economy by tapping into the jobs and revenue our vast energy reserves represent, secure our southern border, and elect a Congress that will rein in the President, the U.S. risks becoming a lawless banana republic. Carbon taxes are one more nail in the national coffin.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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13 thoughts on “The Carbon TAX Scam”

  1. The over all effect of the carbon tax and carbon tax credit’s would from has been reviled will raise everyone’s cost of living by a much larger margin and take that so called $2,000. savings and multiply that by 5 and that may closer to the actual cost impact on each household. Yes it sounds a little out there but it’s going to affect so much across the board in ways they are not even remotely publicly willing to discuss because it will kill their agenda.

  2. “For the first time ever, the average price for a kilowatthour of electricity in the United States has broken through the 14-cent mark, climbing to a record 14.3 cents in June, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

    Are you kidding me ?

    I can’t remember when electricity cost 14 cents per kilowatt hour here in Australia but it would have been a long time ago.

    All “above inflation” increases were primarily caused by renewable energy targets.

    When you disrupt your stable energy grid with unstable renewables you have to upgrade the whole grid network.

    This costs a fortune and combined with subsidies for renewables has been the source of Australia’s seemingly endless increase in electricity prices.

    Abolishing the carbon tax cut my kilowatt hour charge from 26.6 cents to 25.2 cents.

    Your gasoline prices are cheaper than ours – we pay about $1.50 a litre – roughly $5.70 a US gallon.

    You guys don’t know just how good you have it !

    Stop whining and get behind Obama’s agenda – it is the best guarantee to end the scam – suffer insufferable prices until everyone opens a window and shouts “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore” !

    • You wanna see british prices mate!
      About 30c/kwh and ~$9 a gallon.
      And the UK government has just proposed ramping up the price per gallon by probably another 10% for diesel due to “particle emmissions”

  3. Basically the government taxed our energy suppliers with with carbon price and they just forwarded that cost onto us the consumer. No decrease in electricity consumption only increased bills. That’s why we voted that stupid tax out.
    World’s largest carbon tax for the world’s biggest exporter of coal… Go figure

  4. This tax has nothing to do with saving the environment. Elite financial interests want to be able to trade and speculate on carbon credits which will have no value without the tax. It will create another “paper” market that can be “gamed” (inflated, deflated) by large players to skim wealth.

    Carbon taxes will hurt the poorest people most, since daily energy use takes such a comparatively large portion of their budgets. Manufacturing and agricultural interests will simply pass their costs on to consumers further draining the incomes of the poor. Pensioners in the UK, who have had to choose between “heating and “eating” during recent winters, understand this very well. The cure, ultimately, will be worse than the supposed disease, which doesn’t exist to begin with. Even so, there are an awful lot of people who know full well that it is a scam who are pushing hard for it. They are supported by an even larger number of “useful idiots” who simply assume that the wealthiest people will bear the lion’s share of the costs. It is just the opposite.

  5. The carbon tax will take from the poor and average earners and give to a small portion of politically connected rich (like Al Gore).
    And then they will blame Republicans for the ever-widening gap between rich and poor.

  6. I agree Rosco. Americans seem to have it made! Cheap fuel, cheap food, and most don’t pay much in the way of taxes. Taxes are easily higher in most industrialized nations of the world. However, you should keep in mind how low their wages are compared to the rest of the world. All in all it may be comparable
    Gas is 1.40 per litre here in Quebec, Canada, but electricity prices are closer to what they are in the States than to yours.

    On another note; I truly appreciate how the author says “When something as absurd as the notion the U.S. must drastically reduce its CO2 emissions is told often enough by a wide range of people that include teachers, the media, scientists, politicians, and the President, people can be forgiven for believing this makes sense.”

    I was in the same boat until an uncle showed me this website. I didn’t think it worth my time at first, but the more I read the more I seen how manipulative media and politicians can be about this sort of thing.
    I’m still all for reducing pollution and having clean air to breath and clean water to drink. I just now no longer believe that CO2 is one of those pollutants we need to worry too much about.

    • I’d love to live in Quebec, or any place where the summers are less than a sweltering 8 months! “Sigh”… if only I were a younger man. But honestly, after living here in the Houston area my entire life, 6 months of winter sounds wonderful to me!

  7. “carbon dioxide—despite the Supreme Court’s idiotic decision that it is. Yes, even the Court gets things wrong.” OK, I must have been sleeping, or maybe sweating my tush off trying to make a living, but the wise, wise justices of the Supreme Court said that CO2 is a pollutant?? You mean to tell me that a poor un-collegefied person like me has more wisdom that those highly educated and culturified people in the Supreme Court!!! So I and every other human being on the planet, and all of the animals on the planet are polluting the planet every time we breathe out??? Really!?!? I have the solution!!! All we need to do is kill every human being on the earth and all the animals, and we stop the pollution!!!! My gosh, this world is getting crazy!!! CO2 is a pollutant?!?! Give me a frigging break!!!

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