Like Causes?

Install the App
TRY NOW

house Bill H. Con. Res. 89

Does Congress Need to Oppose a Carbon Tax?

Argument in favor

Lawmakers need to call out bad ideas and stand against them before they gain traction. There are valid concerns that imposing a carbon tax would raise prices for consumers and hurt the U.S. economy as a result.

operaman's Opinion
···
06/09/2016
Read on Daily Caller/Jazz Shaw-A soon-to-be-published paper challenges the Obama administration’s so-called “social cost of carbon” estimate, which puts a monetary value on the supposed future damages from global warming. But the new study’s authors not only say the administration’s “social cost of carbon” (SCC) is overblown, they also argue it might actually be negative based on observed temperature increases, not just climate models. That means there’s actually benefits to emitting carbon dioxide. Besides, we humans are composed of carbon. The food we eat consists of carbon. The air we breath has carbon. Carbon on earth has been around since the beginning of earth formation. Life is carbon.
Like (14)
Follow
Share
Lee's Opinion
···
06/09/2016
This climate change, climate warming whatever is a scam nothing more nothing less. If the federal government has to prove that climate change is real it's a scam. I look at this whole climate warming whatever it's called now a scam mainly because it is pushed by a political agenda which is ran by the liberal Democrats right now. Anything that's done in the natural world and is getting pushed by a government entity order there seems to be a government agendas it's a scam. If the government has to change data to prove a point to get more money from us pretty much says that what they are doing is nothing more than a scam.
Like (12)
Follow
Share
BTSundra's Opinion
···
06/09/2016
Carbon emissions are a part of life, and taxing is for living our daily lives is simply a petty way of collecting more money.
Like (8)
Follow
Share

Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t waste its time expressing opposition to a proposal that isn’t being seriously advanced at this point in time anyway. Besides, a carbon tax is a good idea and would help the U.S. deal with climate change.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
···
11/02/2015
A minor carbon tax would not hurt the economy "detrimentally." We need to be more aware about what fossil fuels and other pollutants are doing to the environment. Having a carbon tax would promote the use of more greener alternatives in the United States, in which we DESPERATELY NEED, to ensure future generations of a safe environment.
Like (59)
Follow
Share
Adam's Opinion
···
06/09/2016
Global warming is the single most important issue we face today. The oppose an opinion about a carbon tax is a waste of time an energy. Why are we even having this discussion today. We should already be talking about how to implement a carbon tax
Like (27)
Follow
Share
BullrockNY's Opinion
···
06/10/2016
The idea that this will hurt the people is nothing more than your good ole Republican scare tactic..The prices on everything are and have been rising at ridiculous rates regardless! We the people are taxed for damn near everything, the corporations that help destroy our planet should be taxed as well
Like (17)
Follow
Share

What is House Bill H. Con. Res. 89?

This resolution would express Congress’ opposition to a federal carbon tax due to concerns that it would raise prices on essentials like food, gasoline, and electricity while having a negative impact on U.S. economic growth. In general, a carbon tax seeks to reduce emissions by taxing carbon-based fossil fuels like coal, oil, or natural gas at a given stage of the fuel’s product lifecycle.

While there are no impending votes on legislation that would impose a carbon tax, the lawmakers supporting this resolution outlined their specific concerns that such a policy:

  • Would impact the budgets of families and consumers across the board through higher prices, but would especially harm the poor, the elderly, and those on fixed incomes;

  • Would increase the cost of all goods manufactured in the U.S. while restricting the global competitiveness of America’s economy;

  • Would restrict domestic energy production and inhibit or reverse the job creation and investment that the energy industry has contributed to the U.S. economy.

As a concurrent resolution, this legislation could be passed by both chambers of Congress, but it wouldn’t go to the president’s desk for a signature as it wouldn’t have the force of law.

Impact

Americans who would be affected by a carbon tax; lawmakers that support a carbon tax; and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H. Con. Res. 89

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) introduced this resolution to give Congress an opportunity to stand against suggestions that the U.S. should adopt a carbon tax, as he believes such a tax would be detrimental to the economy:

“A national energy tax would force Americans to pay higher prices for goods and services of all kinds. It would mean higher electricity bills, increased prices at the pump, and fewer jobs for hard-working taxpayers.”

Proponents of a carbon tax argue that dealing with climate change will be a costly endeavor no matter what, and that it could be a more efficient way of reducing emissions. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) has advocated for a carbon tax since his election in 2014, and thinks it could still have a future:

“Republicans tend to hate regulations, especially the president’s new power plants rules. And yet, putting a carrbon tax in place could, in many ways, be a more efficient way to accomplish these goals, and with more flexibility.”


Of Note: Back in August 2013 the House passed legislation that would have prevented the White House from imposing a carbon tax without congressional approval, but it failed to receive a vote in the Senate before the end of the 113th Congress.

There is no federal carbon tax on the books in the U.S., although such taxes have been implemented to a limited degree at the state and local level.



Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Prayitno / Thank You for (10 millions +) views)

Official Title

Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy.

concurrent resolution Progress


  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed June 10th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 236 Yea / 163 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedOctober 29th, 2015

Log in or create an account to see how your Reps voted!
    Read on Daily Caller/Jazz Shaw-A soon-to-be-published paper challenges the Obama administration’s so-called “social cost of carbon” estimate, which puts a monetary value on the supposed future damages from global warming. But the new study’s authors not only say the administration’s “social cost of carbon” (SCC) is overblown, they also argue it might actually be negative based on observed temperature increases, not just climate models. That means there’s actually benefits to emitting carbon dioxide. Besides, we humans are composed of carbon. The food we eat consists of carbon. The air we breath has carbon. Carbon on earth has been around since the beginning of earth formation. Life is carbon.
    Like (14)
    Follow
    Share
    A minor carbon tax would not hurt the economy "detrimentally." We need to be more aware about what fossil fuels and other pollutants are doing to the environment. Having a carbon tax would promote the use of more greener alternatives in the United States, in which we DESPERATELY NEED, to ensure future generations of a safe environment.
    Like (59)
    Follow
    Share
    Global warming is the single most important issue we face today. The oppose an opinion about a carbon tax is a waste of time an energy. Why are we even having this discussion today. We should already be talking about how to implement a carbon tax
    Like (27)
    Follow
    Share
    The idea that this will hurt the people is nothing more than your good ole Republican scare tactic..The prices on everything are and have been rising at ridiculous rates regardless! We the people are taxed for damn near everything, the corporations that help destroy our planet should be taxed as well
    Like (17)
    Follow
    Share
    This climate change, climate warming whatever is a scam nothing more nothing less. If the federal government has to prove that climate change is real it's a scam. I look at this whole climate warming whatever it's called now a scam mainly because it is pushed by a political agenda which is ran by the liberal Democrats right now. Anything that's done in the natural world and is getting pushed by a government entity order there seems to be a government agendas it's a scam. If the government has to change data to prove a point to get more money from us pretty much says that what they are doing is nothing more than a scam.
    Like (12)
    Follow
    Share
    A carbon tax is a great strategy to incentivize innovation in clean energy and make polluters accountable for the risks they place on public health.
    Like (12)
    Follow
    Share
    Economically, the idea behind a carbon tax is fairly simple. Due to the difference between our private cost (what we pay for a good/service) and the social cost (what we pay plus the indirect costs it has on us and society) We are out of equilibrium. By adding a tax equal to the difference between the private cost curve and social cost curve, the indirect costs are made more direct. In a worst case scenario, the entirety of the tax falls on the consumer; however, even then, the cost to the consumer is equal to what it was before, simply more direct rather than through indirect measures such as pollution and adverse healthy effects. This tax forces society to recognize the cost that it has been paying all along for this good/service. Using the real cost associated, businesses and consumers begin looking into alternative ways to meet the same needs; rather than fossil fuels, now that we see the real cost, perhaps clean energy is cheaper, for example. Implementing a carbon tax, other thigs constant, forces firms and consumers to see the real cost they are incurring in production/consumption, leads us to cheaper alternatives, and results in a more sustainable economy overall
    Like (10)
    Follow
    Share
    Carbon emissions are a part of life, and taxing is for living our daily lives is simply a petty way of collecting more money.
    Like (8)
    Follow
    Share
    Carbon tax is just another made up junk science to enslave and restrict us. Sucking us dry and laughing all the way to the bank. No carbon tax period. I for one don't believe Al Gore with his phony charts! Nor do I believe their reason for climate change. Fact is all the other planets are being affected just like earth. So if it's happening here and their, stands to reason something outside in our solar system is affecting the changes.
    Like (7)
    Follow
    Share
    Climate change is one of the most serious and imminent crises we face today. While a carbon tax may not be the best way to force environmentally friendly alternatives to fossil fuels, it is a step in the right direction. Congressional opposition to this tax at such an early stage is sending a message that climate change is not an important issue; not only does science say otherwise, but it is only a short matter of time before every American begins to see the effects themselves. Congress must do its job and support a carbon tax in pursuit of the general welfare.
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    From reading some of the opinions on this issue, I felt that there might be some misunderstanding of exactly what a carbon tax is. I know I have some gaps in my knowledge! So I did some research and came up with a pretty good explanation on Wikipedia. Here's a link if anyone else wants to check it out: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_tax For those of you who deny climate change is happening or believe that human activity does not contribute to its acceleration, this reference will probably not be of interest to you. However, many of us are just not well informed about it because our busy lives and personal life challenges limit how much time we have to devote to increasing our understanding of so much stuff going on around us, and this is just one more issue we can't find time or interest for. Personally speaking, I am trying to improve my own understanding. While I was nursing, critical care took all of my attention and energy. Now that I am retired, I'm trying to improve my understanding of the many challenges facing our country and I'm kind of on a mission to help others increase theirs. I don't expect others to agree with me about anything in life, but I feel all of us need to know and understand the facts about issues we face so we can form our opinions based on what we actually know, not on someone else's opinions. One reason I joined Countable was to learn about and explore the viewpoints of other Americans about serious issues affecting all of us. Understanding others' opinions, especially as they differ from mine, offers me a way to examine my own thinking from different perspectives and ensure that my own thinking about an issue is correct for me. I also hoped to find that there were others whose opposition to ideas I hold would also have some opinions on other issues that II could agree with. I believe, especially in light of our current political climate, that we do not have to agree about everything to have an open dialogue with our fellow Americans about the issues. Countable is a great way to do this, because we don't communicate directly with others, but we can see their opinions expressed openly and directly, occasionally aggressively, but honestly. Things that might be hard to hear in person might be easier to consider if expressed through opinions of bills or other questions presented in the app. To those who read my posts, I wish to say thanks! I am thoroughly enjoying connecting with all of you! Just sayin'....
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    I believe a carbon tax would be beneficial to our environment. Increasing price, decreases how much one uses.
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    It is disgusting that the true economic solutions to problems facing our planet are not embraced by politicians. If politicians cannot take the steps to save our planet from the impacts of climate change, then they have no business being politicians.
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    Hey, contrary to what Obama said, our economy is in BAD SHAPE! The answer certainly doesn't lie in MORE TAXES on the American people! This is not a good time to be pushing the globalist climate change agenda! VIDEOS: https://youtu.be/iJez6kYFBYQ https://youtu.be/dSYayoXXFOA Back in August 2013 the House passed legislation that would have prevented the White House from imposing a carbon tax without congressional approval, but it failed to receive a vote in the Senate before the end of the 113th Congress. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/315221-house-votes-to-slam-door-on-carbon-tax https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/367/all-actions CONGRESS NEEDS TO REVIVE THIS BILL AND PASS IT WITH ENOUGH VOTES TO OVERRIDE A LIKELY PRESIDENTIAL VETO!
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    “A national energy tax would force Americans to pay higher prices for goods and services of all kinds. It would mean higher electricity bills, increased prices at the pump, and fewer jobs for hard-working taxpayers.” and "Lawmakers need to call out bad ideas and stand against them before they gain traction. There are valid concerns that imposing a carbon tax would raise prices for consumers and hurt the U.S. economy as a result." I emphatically agree. Liberals love taxes and they especially love this proposed carbon tax. Not all scientists agree with the global warming crowd. Stop this liberal madness!
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    These Republican legislators who are now so concerned about the impact on families were saying nothing of the sort back in 2007/8 when gas prices were more than double what they are now. Back then it was their fossil fuel buddies who were profiting, so it was OK, but with a carbon tax those dollars would ostensibly go to renewables research, so now we hear the fear tactics and sudden concern for families. Sigh... if only they cared about doing what's right and necessary for the future instead of protecting their rich polluting donors. Climate change is real folks; recognize the dramatic rise in global average temp in the last 100 years as compared to the longer term (10,000 year) natural trend.
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    This is just another assault on industry that supplies power to citizens. The only outcome will be to increase costs for the most vulnerable without having much impact on emissions.
    Like (3)
    Follow
    Share
    Absolutely
    Like (3)
    Follow
    Share
    If we want to move toward a fossil free world we need to make it harder for these businesses to thrive
    Like (3)
    Follow
    Share
    This Bill is "Stupid is, as Stupid does!
    Like (3)
    Follow
    Share
    MORE