Climate Change

A (Not So) Crazy Idea to Sell Republicans a Carbon Tax

Forget the science. Appeal to naked self-interest.

William Eacho (left) and Walt Minnick have an idea for Republicans.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

If you were to select the most hopeless cause in Washington, getting Republican lawmakers to support a carbon tax would have to make the shortlist. The idea combines much of what conservatives hate most: a new tax, less coal, a more intrusive government and an acknowledgment that scientists -- worse, scientists at the United Nations! -- might be right about something.    

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