Monday, April 22, 2013

Carbon tax bet update

Just a quick update on my bet with Melody Bomgardner on the possibility of any senior US government elected official talking about a carbon tax. So far, nothing. But we came awful close this past week, with a quote from the Boehner office in the Los Angeles Times:
So who's against it? Republican politicians, led by House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). Boehner thinks a carbon tax "would raise energy and gas prices and cost American jobs," his spokesman, Michael Steel, told me last week. 
...Even President Obama, who has said he wants to do more about global warming in his second term, has steered carefully around this remedy. "We would never propose a carbon tax," Obama spokesman Jay Carney said last year.
As I recall the terms of the bet, it was if Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner or President Obama (not their staffs) mentioned a carbon tax as a possibility.

So far, nada. But it's a long time to Labor Day, and a lot could happen.

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