Source: R Street's Carbon Tax Debate on June 13, 2013. YouTube.com
Notes: R Street Institute, an American conservative and libertarian think tank headquartered Washington, D.C, hosted a debate among conservative friends on the question: Are there any circumstances under which conservatives should support a tax on carbon emissions?
Advocating for a carbon tax was Bob Inglis, a former Republican congressman from South Carolina. Inglis is one of the leading US conservative Republicans now supporting a revenue neutral carbon tax.
Arguing against a carbon tax was James Taylor, a senior fellow for environment and energy policy at the conservative Heartland Institute. Heartland is a prominent conservative thinktank at the forefront of denying the scientific evidence for man-made climate change.
James Taylor started the debate saying government cannot be trusted to add new taxes. If we accept a revenue neutral carbon tax, Taylor is then very skeptical that the government is going to balance this off by giving up taxes elsewhere. Even more, he is critical of government to honor those taxes to be revenue neutral. He believes the government will even jack up those taxes later, regardless if they are working or not.
Taylor's bottom line is that government cannot be trusted to keep its promises, especially when it comes to a promise not to add new taxes.
Here is Bob Inglis' response in an Extended Quote:
“If that is true, then we need to write to the British Monarchy and ask them to come back. We will need to tell them that our experience in self-governance has failed. We are not capable of governing ourselves and, really, we want you back. We need some wise one over us to make decisions for us because we cannot do it. I don’t know about you, but I am not ready to make that concession. I believe that a free people can govern themselves…
The answer is simply, rise up Americans. Realize you are free citizens. Impose accountability on your elected officials. If they do something you don't like, you get rid of them. That is what free people do.”
Image Source: of Queen Elizabeth II, newzealand.govt.nz