Has Washington governor gone crackers over carbon tax?


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is pushing his ‘carbon tax’ plan as a way to save the children. (Screen capture, YouTube, KCTS)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s Tuesday tweet to push his carbon tax program in which he declared the state has “just 59 days to do our part to save our children from an endless cycle of crop-killing droughts one year, and rivers spilling their banks the next” has some people marveling at the hysteria.

According to the Daily Caller, Inslee’s proposal would raise gasoline prices about 10 percent in a state that already has the second-highest gas tax in the nation. It would increase the cost of home heating oil. That money would ostensibly be used for “green energy programs” while raising the cost of household electricity by five percent, the story estimated.

Inslee’s tweet is getting attention across the country. He failed previously to push a carbon tax through the Legislature, which convened this week. And, it appears Evergreen State voters are lining up against the new proposal.

As noted by one website, Inslee is considered “the greenest governor in America” by the League of Conservation Voters. He is also known as a fervent anti-gunner, but that seems to be overshadowed by his hysteria about climate change.

According to KCPQ, the Seattle-based Fox News affiliate, Inslee’s push even got a supporting reply tween from former Vice President and global warming alarmist Al Gore. The plan, according an estimate reported by the Daily Caller, would raise “an estimated $3.3 billion over the next four years.”

He wants to tax carbon dioxide emissions at $20 per ton by next year. Todd Myers, director of the Center for the Environment, writes at the Washington Policy Center website, “As we have stated repeatedly, efforts to improve energy efficiency, reduce our reliance on oil from Russia and Venezuela, and reduce environmental impact have merit.

“This bill, however, makes many of the typical mistakes of such proposals,” Myers continued, “choosing politically guided expenditures on trendy technologies (like electric cars) over simple and transparent approaches that put personal incentives and technology first. The result is likely to be a high cost for low carbon reduction.”

Inslee was ridiculed by KVI conservative talk hosts Kirby Wilbur and John Carlson Wednesday morning, who mocked his statement that only 59 days remain to “save the children.”

On a serious note, however, Carlson said the governor’s carbon tax initiative would raise the state gasoline tax to a level that could empty people’s pocketbooks.



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