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Trump Is ‘Not Considering’ A Carbon Tax

Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller

The White House is not considering a tax on carbon dioxide to fight global warming, according to an administration official.

“The Trump Administration is not considering a carbon tax,” the official told Axios shortly after Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave an ambiguous answer on the subject when asked by reporters at Tuesday’s press briefing.

“Part of the [National Economic Council’s] responsibility in coordinating economic policy for the President is to listen to a range of viewpoints on various issues,” the official told Axios.

Spicer dodged a similar question in February after reports came out that White House officials met with former Republican officials who pitched replacing federal regulations with a revenue-neutral carbon tax.

A small band of Republicans are pressuring lawmakers to publicly back a carbon tax to fight global warming. The Climate Leadership Council met with White House officials in February to pitch a carbon tax.

The Council’s Republicans include former Secretary of State James Baker, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and former cabinet official George Shultz. Their plan argues a revenue-neutral carbon tax shrinks “the overall size of government and streamlining the regulatory state.”

There’s just one problem for carbon tax backers: President Donald Trump promised during the campaign to not back a carbon tax.

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