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A Republican Carbon Tax

Conservative elders are right: The GOP should lead the fight against climate change.
The U.S. has an emissions problem.

The U.S. has an emissions problem.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Some Republicans have grown tired of fighting the rest of the world on climate change.

As economists, religious and military leaders, ordinary Americans and even oil companies have joined the push to lower greenhouse-gas emissions, Republicans have, for the most part, resisted. But now, a group of conservative economists and former Republican officials are recommending their party reverse course -- dramatically. The U.S., they say, should enact a nationwide tax on carbon emissions. It’s a smart idea that deserves support from President Donald Trump and congressional leaders.