Carbon Tax Sidelined in Biden’s Push on Climate, Taxes

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By Greg Ip

There is no more effective way for President Biden to meet his aggressive climategoals than a carbon tax. The timing seems ripe: his Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, has been a prominent advocate. Big business has flipped from opponent to proponent. Republican opposition is no longer monolithic. But a carbon tax lacks support where it matters most: with Mr. Biden and the Democratic base. Progressive Democrats claim a carbon tax and its close cousin, cap-and-trade, are unfair to the poor and racial minorities. And a carbon tax appears to conflict with Mr. Biden’s promise not to raise taxes on any household earning less than $400,000 a year. 

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By Greg Ip, posted on Wednesday March 24, 2021
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