Carbon Tax Propaganda Reaches New Level of Absurdity

by Rob Roper

A recent Op-Ed by Sabrina Melendez, a self-described climate activist and student at Bennington download-8College, leaves one’s mouth agape, wondering if the author actually expects anyone to buy what she’s saying about the Carbon Tax, or if she even buys this baloney herself.

This remarkable piece starts off, “Imagine getting a $500 check in the mail once a year…. To top it off, imagine that merely receiving this $500 check is in some way helping to reduce the worst effects of climate change, creating a better future for generations to come. This is what is means to put a price on carbon.”

Folks, this is what it means to run a scam. Put it up there with the email you got from the guy in Uganda who wants to wire you lottery winnings. Just hand over your bank account number! Support the Carbon Tax, and get free money! The lie here is in that even in the best case scenario the $500 check Melendez imagines would be significantly less than the amount paid in Carbon Taxes. More accurately, imagine giving the government $500 in taxes and getting back $450 (90%) minus an undetermined amount of processing fees. And, not for nothing, the state reserves the right to keep more or all of that money depending upon its own priorities. Ready to sign up now?

Nor would this policy in little old Vermont have ANY impact on global climate trends, let alone “reduce the worst effects.” Late night commercials on cable TV for miracle weight loss pills are more honest than this!

She admits, “We used to call it a carbon tax, until we realized that it gave individuals the impression that they would be taxed for their carbon emissions.” It gives the impression because that’s exactly what an excise tax – which is what the proposed Carbon Tax is — does! Do smokers not pay the excise tax on cigarettes? I guess we should at least thank Ms. Melendez for admitting that she and her fellow Carbon Tax advocates have made a conscious decision to be dishonest and deceptive about what it is they are proposing.

Melendez also has the stones to say, with a straight face, “Unlike climate activists.., the billionaire CEOs of ExxonMobil and Shell are not concerned with the disproportionate burden that raising gas prices would have on low- and middle-income Vermonters,” when it’s the climate activists themselves who are the ones calling for this massive increased price in gas, etc! It is they who would be the cause of the disproportionate burden that would (thanks again for being honest on this point) hammer the middle class. And, no, they don’t care.

In fact, they celebrate the negative impact because it would force middle class, and every class, Vermonters to not buy fossil fuels. That’s their point! If you don’t feel acute pain, you won’t change your behavior, so, you will be made to feel acute pain. Hooray!

Seriously, take a moment to read this article. It’s both scary and amusing. I can’t believe this young, educated woman thinks such nonsense can possibly be persuasive or even helpful to her cause. She has either been brainwashed to the point where she’s not thinking about what she’s saying, or thinks that the rest of us are incredibly stupid.

- Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute.  

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Adam Maxwell October 5, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Notice how Mr. Roper cites no evidence from actually existing carbon pricing regimes (which are actually quite successful – Hey Scandanavia, wassup?).

This is what happens when your worldview is based purely on ideology rather than a knowledgeable assessment of empirical realities. Roper and his ilk are no better than the Marxists famously criticized by Karl Popper – fact free assertions are the cornerstone of unfalsifiable theories about the world and should be summarily dismissed by anyone who appreciates skepticism and a scientific approach to reality.

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Rob October 5, 2017 at 8:26 pm

Fact: Adam is the field director for VPIRG, which is pushing this Carbon tax on behalf of its major donors, many of whom would be in line for subsides for their “green” businesses paid for out of Carbon Tax revenue. Another fact: This post is not nor did it attempt to be a discussion about the efficacy or lack thereof of various carbon tax models. It is an examination of the fraudulent claims and dishonest tactics advocates of a Carbon Tax are using in a very desperate attempt to polish their turd. Last fact: Mr. Maxwell ironically provides no facts of his own to back up his positions, just an ad hominem attack and “Hey Scandinavia, wassup?” Compelling.

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Robert October 6, 2017 at 9:49 pm

Actually Mr. Maxwell’s doesn’t seem compelling at all, and I know you were being sarcastic. One only need to read as far as “….from actually existing carbon pricing regimes which are actually quite successful” to realize Mr. Maxwell is a proponent of big government collecting as much money as citizens will suffer and redistributing it to whom he sees as its rightful owners, namely people who swallow the man-made climate change fairy tale. The quote “Of those who say nothing, few are silent” does well in asessing Mr. Maxwell’s stern sermon. I think both Mr. Maxwell’s screed and Sabrina Melendez’ silly $500 free check that will save the world fable demonstrate what most of us already know, that members of the Global Warming Religion will say absolutely anything in an attempt to persuade the unthinking to join up with them. But rational people know that in the end it is about one thing, getting your money.

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Robert October 6, 2017 at 9:56 pm

Mr. Maxwell’s attempt to tie “Roper and his ilk” to Marxism is amusing. It reminds me of how the Chinese explained the Tianamen Square massacre – by telling its citizens it never happened. In Mr. Maxwell’s case he is applying a label to someone else (Marxist) that rightly belongs to him. And speaking of fact-free assertions, if VPIRG was required to operate only on fact, it probably would not exist.

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John McClaughry October 8, 2017 at 10:49 pm

The carbon tax and climate change warriors base their position on the ideology that greedy, careless, evil humans are resisting their views because they hold some mirror image ideology, like libertarianism or phrenology or dianetics, or are in the pay of corrupt fossil fuel interests.
Look: as a (onetime) scientist, I could support Medicare for All, Universal Basic Income, a $20 minimum wage, gun confiscation, and every other current left wing rage – and still not swallow the feeble and frequently manipulated – even falsified – arguments explaining that slippery term “climate change’ . The skeptics (like me) of what passes for establishment AGW science share no identifiable ideology, just a commitment to scientific analysis based on actual observation. Adam and his crowd want no part of that, chanting “the science is settled” and waging shameful assaults on prominent scientists whose research fails to support the VPIRG/Sanders/Obama.Al Gore point of view.

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Shazzam October 5, 2017 at 8:57 pm

Changing the name from “Carbon Tax” to “Carbon Pricing” is a lot like changing the name from “Gay Marriage” to “Civil Unions”

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Milton Eaton October 6, 2017 at 9:56 pm

Where to start. I know many believe Vermont is different, but lets look at Germany. Mandates, subsidies, high fuel taxes and now the threat of banning diesels in some cities. Headlines claim drastic reduction of diesels sales and increase in plugin and hybrid. Diesel down to 49% from 51%. plugin and hybrid with all the push 6% – total. Still just compliance car except for the true believers.
Fossil fuels, coal, oil, gas. still increasing consumption in spite of politics.
600 million in poverty and 2,000 million projected increase in population assure increased demand for economic energy .
Ford talks electric while increasing efforts on trucks and SUVs. Thats the real world.
Great to see oil supplier will show total tax costs on each delivery.

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John McClaughry October 8, 2017 at 10:37 pm

Since climate change terror is based largely on the ideological belief that unworthy , selfish, greedy humans must be made to suffer to atone for their crimes against the planet, its advocate immediately assume that any resistance to their ideology can only be ideological, from right winters, libertarians, etc.
Look: As a scientist (long ago) I could be for Sanders Medicare for All, universal basic incomje, $1

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John McClaughry October 8, 2017 at 10:52 pm

rob – my 10:37 (actually 6:47) reply was interrupted in the middle and I started over – please delete the fragment.

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