Conservative Groups Request Meeting With White House About Carbon Tax Proposal

Goldman Sachs president and COO Gary Cohn arrives for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York November 29, 2016. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith (Photo credit should read s

Americans for Tax Reform, American Energy Alliance, and other conservative groups requested a meeting with Gary Cohn to discourage the idea of a carbon tax.

Cohn, the Trump administration’s National Economic Council director, met with the Climate Leadership Council on February 8 to discuss implementing a carbon tax. The conservative coalition also sent a letter to Director Cohn opposing the idea of carbon tax:

Our organizations have significant concerns regarding any prospective carbon tax proposal. Such a policy would place undue economic burdens on American families and businesses by intentionally increasing the cost of the energy they rely on every day. A carbon tax would also be regressive – doing the most harm to our nation’s economically disadvantaged – and would destroy American jobs, particularly in the manufacturing sector. We are heartened by the fact that President Trump flatly rejected the notion of a carbon tax during his 2016 candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.

We are equally heartened that streamlining our nation’s vastly overgrown and economically destructive regulatory system remains one of the President’s top priorities. This Administration is already taking steps to eliminate harmful regulations such as the so-called “Clean Power Plan,” because doing so will be good for American workers, families, and businesses. Adding a new tax on energy in return would represent an extremely costly step in the wrong direction – one that those workers, families, and businesses cannot afford.

Read the rest of the letter here: