WASHINGTON – House Republicans easily passed a resolution Thursday declaring that a national tax on carbon dioxide emissions would be “detrimental” to the U.S. economy.
More than 220 Republicans and seven Democrats voted for the non-binding resolution, which had drawn support from a wave of conservative groups including the Koch brothers-back American Legislative Exchange Council and Americans for Prosperity.
“We oppose a carbon tax because it would lead to less income and fewer jobs for American families,” those groups wrote in a letter to Congress Tuesday.
A carbon tax, designed to reduce carbon emissions in a bid to slow climate change, has been gaining growing support in some Republican circles, with former secretary of state James Baker, who served in the George H.W. Bush administration, meeting with White House officials last year in support of the concept.
Of the 180 votes against the resolution, six were Republican.