Van Jones and Exxon agree on a carbon tax

It’s a bad omen for free enterprise, prosperity and liberty when normally warring special interest groups such as big business and progressive activists agree on public policy.

During President Obama’s first term big business interests led by the pharmaceutical industry joined the union lobby in successfully making ObamaCare the law of the land.

Shortly after Obama’s re-election, history may be repeating itself this time regarding energy policy.

While it’s known that politics makes strange bedfellows none can be more bizarre than former White House green jobs czar Van Jones and Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson agreeing on a carbon tax.

Coincidentally, just ten days after the presidential election, Van Jones co-authored a commentary, “To end the fiscal showdown, tax carbon,” and on the same day Bloomberg News wrote an article, “Carbon tax: Exxon backs Obama plan to impose climate change fees.”

In the latter story an Exxon spokesperson said, “Combined with further advances in energy efficiency and new technologies spurred by market innovation, a well-designed carbon tax could play a significant role in addressing the challenge of rising emissions.”

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Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • sbark

    Exxon loves it….because they wont have to pay it……..consumers will.

    a carbon tax is very regressive. This is because the costs of a carbon tax are in the end paid not by the emitters, but their customers, employees, and investors. This is why several energy company have lined up behind the tax. ……They don’t pay it.
    The automobile driver pays the tax when he fills up at the pump. The worker pays it when he opens his paycheck. The retiree pays it when she receives her pension check. The carbon tax does not end tax waste, but productive behavior.

  • banjo kid

    That will give all power companies an opportunity to raise our utility bills at will . Look to have a much flatter wallet after this is implemented it is not will it be it is when will it be .