Congressman to Propose Carbon Tax to Demonstrate Lack of Support
7 July 2007
NYT. Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he plans to propose a carbon tax with the goal of showing that Americans are unwilling to support such a measure.
“I sincerely doubt that the American people will be willing to pay what this is really going to cost them,” said Mr. Dingell, whose committee will be drafting a broad bill on climate change this fall.
“I will be introducing in the next little bit a carbon tax bill, just to sort of see how people think about this,” he continued. “When you see the criticism I get, I think you’ll see the answer to your question.”
Dingell’s proposal would raise the gasoline tax $0.50 per gallon, and institute a “double digit” tax on each ton of carbon dioxide emitted.
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