Deniers Panicking as GOP edges to the Exit

June 7, 2019

As I mentioned the other day, Republicans still on the climate denial crazy train, but creeping toward the emergency exits.
Perhaps they are hoping to save their souls, but it’s too late to save their place in history.

Sen. Mitt Romney said Wednesday he was considering co-sponsoring a carbon tax bill with Delaware Democrat Cris Coons.

Romney told E&E News he’s considering the proposal which would put a $15-per-metric-ton fee on carbon emissions.

“Taxes have never been my intent, but we’ll see what he has to say,” Romney said. “I would very much like to see us reduce our carbon emissions globally, and we’ll see if this might help.”


There are still a handful of GOP carbon tax supporters left in the House after the Democratic wave of the 2018 midterms, but Romney — if he does co-sponsor the bill — would be the only Republican senator openly supporting the idea.


For Romney, who has taken some heat for his relative moderation in some wings of the GOP, it would be another step away from President Trump, who denies climate science.

Romney, who has previously said he wants to work on climate change issues, but has not committed to backing the measure.

Fear still the guiding principle of GOP approach to the issue..

Climate Progress:

Another day, another meaningless Republican climate plan that celebrates “innovation” but doesn’t do anything to set specific targets to reduce carbon pollution.

This time, the plan is from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who dislikes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey’s (D-MA) Green New Deal so much that he called his own proposal “The Green Real Deal.”

His Wednesday rollout began with promise, as Gaetz paid strong lip service to the science of climate change and the threat it poses.

“I represent Florida’s First Congressional District while it is above water,” said the congressman, who represents the state’s Panhandle. He noted that top military leaders view climate change as a serious threat, adding, “History will judge harshly my Republican colleagues who deny the science of climate change.”

5 Responses to “Deniers Panicking as GOP edges to the Exit”

  1. doldrom Says:

    It’s important not to fall into the trap of calling it a “carbon tax”. I prefer “fossil fuel dividends”. CO² damages or reparations is also acceptable, but going along with “carbon tax” buys into ingrained narratives about big government, tax and spend democrats, and all the other propaganda and clichés.

    Dividends stresses that they are per capita rebates; they are progressive (poor people pay a much larger proportion of their income for energy); they shift costs from the unborn to the largest carbon profiteurs; they are politically possible (it’s about giving money back to people — what voter doesn’t favor that); and they are the single most important and simple mechanism to tilt the entire playing field in the right direction, unleashing all the power of the market and individual economic choices towards sustainable energy. There should be no controversy — if we can’t get this right, we are shrugging our shoulders at our children with our backs turned.

    • J4Zonian Says:

      It doesn’t matter one tiny bit what people want. It’s the wishes of the oligarchy that determine what happens int the US.

      The only remedy is changing the political and economic system completely with a massive popular uprising.

      We have to eliminate fossil fuel emissions in the next 10 years or less, or we face exponentially rising risk of tipping points and and so many serial, simultaneous disasters we’ll be unable to implement solutions in time.

      It’s far too late for incremental solutions to the climate crisis, and in any case the Republicans will never let an effective carbon price pass, no matter what you call it. To believe the Republicans are sane enough to go along with such things is a serious delusion in itself.

      The true social cost of carbon is almost certainly well over $100 a ton; a carbon tax of $15 has the support of one (1) US Senator. Except, wait, he doesn’t support the bill either! $15 and rising at the rates mentioned is far, far too low and slow to mean anything except more delay, which is exactly why Republicans keep suggesting it.
      “Romney…has not committed to backing the measure.”

      IOW, not a single Republican senator, damned few Republican representatives, and not a whole lot of Democrats, are for this non-solution. When there’s any support expressed by Republicans not currently in power, (Baker, eg) it comes with demands for concessions like 1) stopping all lawsuits against fossil fuel corporations, allowing them to continue destroying the biosphere for decades without any fear of having to pay for their damage, and 2) an agreement to repudiate the endangerment finding, the most important climate law. (It requires the EPA to regulate CO2.)

      The only rational solution to the climate and larger ecological crisis is a massive emergency climate mobilization–a comprehensive Green New Deal–to replace fossil fuels with efficiency, wiser lives, and clean safe renewable energy; to transform industry and agriculture into ecological forms; and to reforest the planet. To do all that we’ll have to radically equalize politically and economically, remove the right from power, and provide a living wage, health care, education, and other “war measures” for the workers powering the transformation. Part of the Green New Deal might be either a carbon price or removing subsidies and externalities from fossil fuels or both, but hoping that it alone will be enough, fast enough, to matter, is another delusion.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        An of course you are going to vote for Elizabeth Warren, who has a plan for solving all the problems you mentioned. You DO vote, don’t you?

        • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

          Part of her “plans” are to change laws to do this and to do that. That’s par for the course for presidential promises, but the Legislative Branch has to buy in on what President Warren is promoting. Meanwhile, as POTUS she has to spend time addressing international threats, visiting sites of “natural” disasters, managing the rebuilding of the once-working part of the US govt, making nice on diplomatic visits, negotiating budgets, pardoning turkeys, ad nauseum.

          I’ve long learned not to think of the “best” candidate for president, but the “least ineffective” candidate. If done at all competently, it’s a meat-grinder of a job.

          I’ve always thought she would be most effective at being a long-term kick-ass US Senator.

  2. redskylite Says:

    When serious Climate Change effects seemed a long way off, it was often compared with the tobacco industry. Not so much now as the effects of tobacco pale in comparison.

    Who would have guessed that denial would start at the top of the pyramid.


    White House blocked intelligence aide’s written testimony saying human-caused climate change could be ‘possibly catastrophic’

    Officials sought to excise the State Department’s comments on climate science, saying it clashed with the administration’s stance.

    White House officials barred a State Department intelligence staffer from submitting written testimony this week to the House Intelligence Committee warning that human-caused climate change could be “possibly catastrophic” after State officials refused to excise the document’s references to the scientific consensus on climate change.

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