Washington state carbon tax fails

March 9, 2018

by John McClaughry

The governor most intoxicated with the idea of enacting a carbon tax – and even using it as a springboard to a Presidential race – is Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington. Last week, according to the Seattle Times, his hopes were dashed in the Democratic controlled state Senate, whose leadership informed him that there weren’t enough votes to pass his bill, so it was scrapped. If it had squeaked out of the Senate, it would have had to pass the House by this Friday, when the legislative session ends.

Todd Myers of the Washington Policy Center told the media that the carbon tax bill would have would have added 12 cents to the price of a gallon of gas and increased household costs by about $175 per year. Even one of the Senate Democrats was quoted as saying “Those who can least afford it will be bearing the biggest burden.”

Gov. Inslee is spearheading an initiative in November to pass his failed bill. In 2016, a carbon tax initiative measure in that state garnered only 42 percent of the votes. While the Inslee proposal that year was initially set at $20 per ton, the measure that will appear on ballots this November will be $30 or $40, which ought to make it even harder to pass.

By comparison, the ESSEX carbon tax plan being peddled in Vermont would ramp the tax up to $40 per ton. Let’s hope it meets a similar fate.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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H. Brooke Paige March 9, 2018 at 7:20 pm

Why Not a Voluntary Carbon Tax ? We’ll Call It FEaST !

Snowflakes and Moonbats clamoring for a carbon tax, instead of pushing the idea on everyone else, why not get that virtue signaling thing going and push for a self-assessed voluntary tax on gasoline, propane and fuel oil ? Every time they fill-up at the gas station or get a home heating fuel delivery – they can just take the receipt and figure out what they “owe” and send a check to the Department of Revenue in Montpelier (or directly to VPRIG).

Here’s a Fast, Easy and Simple Tax (FEaST) on energy, something every sanctimonious, self-aggrandizing global warmist can get behind !


Boganboy March 11, 2018 at 2:05 pm

You’re forgetting that the basic law of all Greens is that they preach and we pay.

Or to put it another way, their ideal is that I dedicate myself at the altar of Holy Mother Gaia to poverty, chastity (population problem, remember) and obedience to their every whim, while they jet (kerosene for them not me) off to some tropical paradise to bitch to each other about the gross over-indulgence of the lower orders.

In other words, Greenism is just another Christian heresy.


H. Brooke Paige March 9, 2018 at 7:29 pm

I Almost Forgot – all you Snowflakes who wish to be the first to contribute to the FEaST on Energy here is where to send you tribute and don’t forget to indicate it’s for the voluntary FEaST on Energy !

Vermont Department of Revenue
133 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633
(802) 828-2505

Attention – Commissioner Kaj Samsom


Willem Post March 11, 2018 at 2:39 am

The 100% RE malady is congenital.
It infects Dems and Progs, because they love nonsense government programs to get votes.

California is another LaLaLand State regarding renewables.

California has a worsening HUGE duck curve, which means not enough is done to mitigate it.

California has made major efforts to implement electricity generation from renewables, such as wind and solar.

Because the actual costs, plus the subsidies of wind and solar electricity is more expensive than fossil electricity, California electric rates have increased much faster than US rates.

THE SAME IS HAPPENING IN VERMONT, if DPS and GMP continue to decide GMP rate increases behind closed doors.

In 2011, California rates were 35% higher than US rates. In 2017, they were 60% higher than US rates, a clear sign increased RE leads to increased electric rates. The same is true in Germany and Denmark, which have high RE percentages. Denying it is beyond rational. Source EIA website. See table.

Year California US CA higher than US
c/kWh c/kWh %
2011 13.1 9.7 35
2012 13.5 9.6 41
2013 14.3 9.8 46
2014 15.2 10.1 50
2015 15.4 10.0 54
2016 15.3 9.9 55
2017 16.2 10.1 60


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