US Libertarian Presidential Candidate Backs a Carbon "Fee"

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Daily Caller – US Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson wants to impose a government enforced carbon fee to combat climate change.

Climate change and health care

Johnson has been to Alaska several times, including a trip where he summitted Denali. (He’s reached the top of the highest mountain on each continent and is an Ironman triathlete.) He campaigned in Anchorage during his 2012 run for president, holding a rally on the Delaney Park Strip.

“I envy all of you,” he said. “I think it’s the most beautiful state in the country.”

Climate change and a warming world might threaten that.

“I do believe that climate change is occurring. I do believe that it is man-caused,” Johnson said.

To address climate change, Johnson said he believes “that there can be and is a free-market approach to climate change.”

That would include a fee — not a tax, he said — placed on carbon. Such a fee would make pollutants bear a market cost.

“We as human beings want to see carbon emissions reduced significantly,” but at the same time, he says the United States is only “16 percent of the (global) load” of carbon, and “I don’t want to do anything that harms jobs.”

“The rest of the world has to catch up with us,” he said.

Read more: http://juneauempire.com/state/2016-08-21/third-party-first-pick-gary-johnson-addresses-alaskan-issues-interview

The alternative to a carbon tax is a carbon market, but as the European experience demonstrates, carbon markets lead to massive corruption and inevitable collapse.

The reason is very simple – with a carbon market, unlike a real market, fraud benefits all the market participants.

Fraud benefits the issuers of fake carbon credits – they get to make money for nothing.

Fraud benefits the purchasers of carbon credits – a flood of fake carbon credits keeps prices down.

Fraud benefits market regulators – they get rich turning a blind eye to the fraud.

The only people carbon fraud doesn’t benefit is anyone silly enough to think that market based carbon pricing can make a long term difference to CO2 emissions.

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225 thoughts on “US Libertarian Presidential Candidate Backs a Carbon "Fee"

    • In my humble opinion what Gary Johnson says is 100% in agreement with the Libertarian principle of “do not hurt people”. If he believes carbon hurts the world then he should back actions against those causing that hurt. Maybe his wrong in his belief, but that is a different argument.
      Take him on for his belief in carbon causing harm, but recognize that he acts according to Libertarian principles.

      • Coming out in favor of a whole new class of taxation in order to make government even bigger and stronger is a gross desecration of every principle that Libertarianism was supposed to be about.
        He does not act “according to libertarian principles”, he acts to destroy every one of those principles and make the movement a punchline to a bad joke forever.

      • The simplest libertarian principle is “I choose for me, you choose for you.” He can pay a carbon tax if he wishes and perhaps I won’t.
        Imposing a tax or “fee” (not sure what exactly is the difference) on others is not libertarian. It may be expedient or necessary, but it is not libertarian.
        I have a doubt such a thing as a legitimately libertarian PARTY can exist. It would have no more force than the “ten suggestions”.
        So if not libertarian, what is it? I suggest pre-Orwellian or More-ish.
        As Sir Thomas More’ points out in “Utopia”, the easy way for a regime to get money is to tax or license something everyone uses. This quote pertains to a King wishing to reduce his debts, and several ideas are proposed including announcing a fake war, raising money, then announcing success and peace (sounds a bit familiar) but here’s the relevant part:
        A fourth proposes the prohibiting of many things under severe penalties, especially such as were against the interest of the people, and then the dispensing with these prohibitions, upon great compositions, to those who might find their advantage in breaking them. This would serve two ends, both of them acceptable to many; for as those whose avarice led them to transgress would be severely fined, so the selling licences dear would look as if a prince were tender of his people, and would not easily, or at low rates, dispense with anything that might be against the public good.
        Or in other words, (1) ban something that people want and then (2) sell licenses or (3) issue fines against people that had used the banned thing without a license.

      • A Government imposed “fee” on carbon is not “free market” nor “libertarian”.
        As I said elsewhere, if you want a President Hillarity …er… Hillary, vote third party.
        (The “President Hillarity” part was a joke. Maybe a bad one. As she would be.)

      • This is a play for the Bernie Sanders vote. CO2 is not a pollutant, and I, as a human, want to see “carbon emissions” increased, not reduced.

      • No. You have to prove that harm was done. Tacking on an artificial price tag to something because of an irrational belief that you have is not a market based solution and is not a libertarian strategy because it requires government to enforce a completely artificial fee structure. A real libertarian would try to find a real market based solution, not just change the language used to describe the already planned government non-solution.

      • Hillary Clinton would recognize the motives of the bankers who fund UN green projects and the founders of and investors in carbon credit exchanges and the UN NGOs who buy the rights to the natural resources of Third World nations when they default on loans,and the greed of their heads of state, and the environmental organizations and scientists who chose between support for AWG and starvation, and would pretend to see them as good and support them.
        Gary Johnson was a good guy who has put his personal beliefs before politics in advocating for cannabis decriminalization in the past, and I hope he’s ignorant and not stupid, and that he hasn’t gone over to the dark side.

      • LOL! Libertarian my eye! One can believe what they want but thats the whole reason there is a libertarian party to provide and alternative to the true believers. Should anybody mention the word “evidence”? In my view the libertarian view is like a jury, when there is no realistic dissent then you act. The libertarian cause was not invented to support the pipe dreams of anybody who happens to be running for office. The anti-libertarians have gone to great extent to minimize disagreement to the point of conspiracies to weed out dissidents.

      • […] the Libertarian principle of “do not hurt people” […]
        This is a complete nonsense.
        The libertarian principle rests on the Non-Aggression Axiom … the “idea that each person has the right to make his or her own choices in life so long as they do not involve aggression, defined as the initiation of force or fraud, against others.”
        Since Johnson is proposing government force (to tax) to compel decisions by others which he believes desirable, it naturally follows that he is not a libertarian by any stretch of the imagination.

      • More like DOA. It’s done nothing in it’s life span. They couldn’t even get Goldwater elected, but that was probably because he was a Jew.

      • I was a Libertarian from the inception of the Party in 1972. Therefore, “David” is talking through his hat, because Goldwater ran in 1964. I was witness on both occasions. And the further crack about Goldwater’s heritage should have been intercepted by the site monitors.

      • Only an idiot would vote for someone they know is a lying bully with no character or a lying traitor with no core beliefs that sells out their country.
        You would have to be an idiot if you think the Ds and Rs have done anything but lie, cheat and steal to protect themselves and their futures.
        imo Voting for either of them would be wasting my vote.
        Johnson doesn’t lie and he believes in our constitution.
        Unlike the current POTUS, Johnson will not ignore our country’s three separate branches of government, he will not write his own laws and he will use his veto power every time congress oversteps their constitutional limits.
        Remember, our government is designed to ensure the people’s rights not the government’s control of the people.
        When are you going to stand up for a system that puts the people’s rights and freedom first?
        nittfagmtcttaotc.

      • @mikerestin: And yet you support a candidate that aligns himself with the false notion that CO2 causes global warming, which is being pushed extensively by the UN. Yes, it takes an idiot to do that.
        But there’s more:
        The only thing worse than usurping US government is supporting a primary goal of the UN, which is global control through a carbon tax/fee.
        This election isn’t between Ds and Rs–it’s whether we maintain our national identity or become part of a global government, which I guarantee would not recognize your rights as an individual–far from it.
        So if you want to even have a government of three branches after this election, beating HRC is absolutely essential, and a vote for Gary Johnson helps her become president–a president that will already be owned by global elites pushing one world government.
        The candidate to vote for is the one the globalists hate and are trying to destroy, and that imperfect candidate happens to be Trump.

      • @mikerestin – It would appear from the plethora of ad hominem that you sir are likely more of an Alinskyite Democrat Liberal Leftist than a Libertarian. That could make sense given a vote for the Libertarian candidate appears to hurt the conservative or Republican candidate more than the Democrat Liberal in the majority of cases.
        No room for ad hominem here. Go away. Much obliged.

    • Right!? How could anyone call themselves a libertarian and believe in Big Government solutions to manufactured problems. I have yet to see a hypothetical cap and trade plan, broad strokes mind you, for what Uncle Sam is going to do with all that newfound wealth that will mitigate climate change. Forget the fact that CC is natural occurring planetary process that they can’t explain.

    • Libertarian and anarchist mean exactly the same thing. Those two words are completely interchangeable.
      g

      • As a long-time Libertarian, I can say that not all of us subscribe to anarchy–unless, of course, one defines anarchy as limited, rather than no, government. The anarchists have always had some Libertarian advocates, but they are by no means the majority.

    • Excellent way to put it. No way does a Libertarian put his personal “beliefs” up as justification for a tax.

      • Literally, ….. “stumble a bit”.
        Hillary has a serious “impairing” health issues.

      • “Ian H August 23, 2016 at 2:16 am
        There is nothing wrong with Hillary. She just needs to get a walking frame.”
        Except she’s totally anti-American, anti-constitution, a socialist/communist/fascist and a NWO supporter.
        She needs a walking frame and a working brain.

      • She needs to re-read history. Specifically the histories of Stalin, Mussolini, and Hitler.
        A person who does not learn from history is destined to repeat it.

      • It seems that a number of the FBI files on the Vince Foster’s death have disappeared from the National Archive. Has anyone seen Sandy “underpants” Berger?

      • If anything, history teaches us that people do not want to be ruled over by Dictators, Despots, or Totalitarians
        What the Declaration of independence shows us is that trying to reform our government info something resembling Despotism should be immediately dealt with

        But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security

        Every candidate should refamiliarize themselves with it

      • Samuel C Cogar ; and Donald has serious mental and age related issues, I pity your choices but Republicans chose to loose this election , it’s their own fault

  1. Johnson and Weld have been showing almost daily that the Libertarian Party chose the wrong candidates.
    Their platform has not been very “Libertarian” at all.

    • Although I’m an enthusiastic Johnson/Weld supporter, I don’t agree with their entire platform, especially the plank dealing with climate change. However, it’s likely that he’s in the same boat as is most of the American public. Because of the mass media blackout of contrary data (just like the fact that most people don’t even know he’s running), he probably has no idea of the science that contradicts the global warming/CO2/climate change theory. By the way, I’m trying to send his campaign some helpful links.

      • I joined the party at its beginning in 1972 and was active up into the 90s, but finally had to move on. By the late 80s, the anarchist wing of the movement had pretty much captured the party leadership posts, which meant that the focus of the party thereafter was to support anything that would impair or eliminate government. As a result, the LP was never “there” on a number of crucial issues, such as the 2nd Amendment. Lots of lip service, but not to raise a finger. Eventually, it became clear to me that the Party did not understand that the crucial issue was Constitutionality (subjecting government to the control of law), and I simply left. It was destined to be a footnote in history, notwithstanding it had some truly sterling people who ran for office.
        Now, climate change? It just goes to show how much idiocy can penetrate the top Party leadership. Trust me; there are plenty of technical types in the Party. They should have known better. But they like to pander to the left, because they have cultural objections to the right (atheist prejudice against Christians). For many years (and maybe still), the LP defense policy was basically “roll over and expose your belly, and all will be well.” As a worker in the defense industry, I found this as objectionable as we all find “climate change” today, on the same grounds: absence of rational argument.
        I have some history, knew some big people, and had some little fame, but it doesn’t mean anything. Nor does Gary Johnson.

      • Interesting background, Michael. I’ve noticed that the libertarians seem to only really find their fiscal conservatism when it comes to defense spending. You’ll hear barely a peep out of them on the welfare state. It’s obvious that they’re just trying to starve the defense beast in hopes that that will magically end all these unjust wars. Once that issue is taken off the table it’s all bathrooms and free, i.e. stolen IP.

  2. I don’t know why people continue to demonize carbon dioxide when it is necessary for life on this planet and has been shown to have a net benefit at higher concentrations. are they Malthusians?

  3. I propose we meet them half way – Start with carbon tax on self-declared believers, see how that goes, then when success is assured by a downtrend in global warming, hit the rest of us with the same tax. It allows the believers to put their money where their beliefs are and to demonstrate it is on the right track to solve global warming. Win win.

  4. Renaming a “tax” as a “fee”, is a liberal trick..I thought Libertarians wanted LESS government .

    • ha ha ha ha ha
      now that you’ve run out of options at the quick.trip discount counter of personal decisions what will you do?
      submit? bend over? learn to like it?
      of course, options of which you are unaware are not options at all- for you.
      maybe it’s time to expand the awareness?
      if there ever was a free country- what made it so and what are you missing?

      • Gnomish writes: “if there ever was a free country- what made it so”
        Acknowledging that “free” is poorly defined; in my lifetime I have experienced the greatest freedom in Iceland. What makes it free is a homogenous culture. Plenty of laws exist; after all, the legislature was hired to make laws so they make plenty. But they are also not closely heeded neither deliberately disobeyed. The simple observation is that a quarter million people, the entire population, has a shared history of about 1100 years and so “law” emanates from the people not the other way round. Law is a reflection of the people and thus not strictly necessary.
        Boundaries exist and must exist any time you have people living together; law is a codification or documenting of those boundaries. But if you don’t personally push up against the boundaries you won’t even feel their existence.
        As science fiction writer Poul Anderson put it: “Freedom is having a cage larger than you wish to fly in.”
        But once you feel the boundary, feel the cage, then you sense that you are no longer free; but in truth, you never were completely free of all boundaries or cages.
        A social force greater than law can create a sense of freedom by aligning everyone’s natural sense of right and wrong; aligning personal boundaries. That has historically been a shared religion which is both shaper of culture and shaped by culture.

      • thnks, michael2, for that reply.
        i can totally recreate the landscape of your mind from that.
        and i can see the sense of it.
        so i won’t quibble over definitions. i got your point.

    • The Electoral College is a good thing in itself. It is a good attempt at giving individual states and the all the voters of the country a somewhat equal say in the US’s only nationwide election.
      But it needs a slight adjustment.
      If the candidate for President (or any Federal election) receives less than 50% of the popular vote, then a month later there should be a run off election between the top two vote getters.
      Then the top two would have to pay attention to the third party voters to gain their support.
      Then a third party vote may not be a wasted vote. Until then, it is.

  5. charismatic Gary Johnson:
    “I envy all of you,” he said. “I think it’s the most beautiful state in the country.”
    _______________________________________
    That’s charming.
    _______________________________________
    Climate change and a warming world might threaten that.
    “I do believe that climate change is occurring. I do believe that it is man-caused,” Johnson said.
    To address climate change, Johnson said he believes “that there can be and is a free-market approach to climate change.”
    That would include a fee — not a tax, he said — placed on carbon. Such a fee would make pollutants bear a market cost.
    _______________________________________
    That’s Gary Johnson charming people into fees.

  6. Tax on carbon? Does that mean each person is taxed based on the carbon content of there body? Or does it mean that food is taxed on the amount of carbon it contains? What about pets – they are made of carbon also, as is what they eat.
    I don’t think science is well taught.

    • Perhaps a tax on fat people wouldn’t be so bad. Oh, sorry let me be more PC…… thin challenged people.

      • A fat tax would be discriminatory against taller people, sumo wrestlers, and Eastern cultures like that of traditional China where a chubby person signifies good fortune and wealth. It would also discriminate against me. So yes, it would be bad.
        Instead, why don’t we tax people in Florida? If you’re going to buy the global-warming narrative that carbon is bad, then you should also accept that people living in warm climates like Florida are going to be forced to migrate north in a few years. That will put a financial strain on the rest of us. Shouldn’t we tax you guys now to help offset the future costs of helping you when you become climate refugees?

      • We won’t be moving north. Warmer is better, that’s why we live here.. It is better to tax the people who have not moved to Florida. It would be just like “if you don’t have Obamacare you have to pay a tax”.

      • I’ll be staying in Hawaii until the sea level rise exceeds 800 feet. I don’t expect that any time soon.

    • “Also supporting TPP.”
      I believe that would be consistent with Libertarian philosophy. Open borders as well.

      • if TTP was actually about free trade–yes, since it isn’t, but rather gives corporations powers that superseded sovereignty–no. Free trade is what happens on Craig’s list, Ebay, local farmers market etc, not something containing thousands of pages of government/corporation rules, regulations, and penalties. As to the open border question, several articles about that can be found on LRC–a place where honest to goodness libertarians hang out.

  7. “That would include a fee — not a tax, he said — placed on carbon. Such a fee would make pollutants bear a market cost.” A fee – not a tax, I think that thin air at high altitudes has zapped your brain. I suppose you think carbon dioxide is a pollutant??? You are no Libertarian, just another “big government” guy.
    Obamacare was promoted as a fee, and declared a tax by the supreme court, but that was OK (John Roberts, shame on you).

    • Not to get too far off topic but Roberts gave the Republicans in Congress a way to cancel the fee. By declaring it a tax, he also said it was up to the Congress to change tax law not the Supreme Court. Don’t blame Roberts just because the Republicans did nothing with the gift he gave them.

      • Would this be the Republicans who don’t have enough votes to over ride an presidential veto?
        Interesting way you justify Robert’s attempt to avoid doing his job, by declaring that since he had handed the hot potato off to someone else, he’s ok.

      • No Mark, I am saying that Roberts did exactly what a Justice is supposed to do. He ruled but did not make new law. It was up to the Republicans to fix the law if they so desired but apparently they did not desire to do so. It doesn’t matter if they did not have enough votes to override a veto, they needed to make Obama veto it on the public record. I still contend that all, that is ALL, Senators and Congresspeople do not give a crap about anything but staying if office. They all have a sweet ride and do not want to rock the boat.

      • Sorry Tom, he re-wrote the law. The law explicitly stated that it was a fee, not a tax. Roberts decided that despite what the law said, he was going to call it a fee.

      • What Roberts actually decided was that Congress has the power under the Constitution to tax. Now because the law in fact would raise revenue and because it is calculated and collected by the IRS as part of the income tax, the Court deemed it a tax and upheld that only Congress has the authority to pass or change a tax law.

    • Uh… no. Declaring it a tax (which was a label only applied when it was convenient and discarded when it wasn’t) means that the entire thing should have been scrapped because the law did not go through the proper procedures of passing a tax – it should have started from scratch, in the House. Roberts TOTALLY shirked his duty.
      Gosh, wasn’t he also the deciding vote on Carbon pollution too?

      • Even worse: If it’s a tax then anti-injunction applies and the SC CAN’T rule on it until the tax is applied. So in order to rule when they did they said anti-injunction did not apply. By definition that means it cannot be a tax. It was one of the most twisted rulings ever.

  8. All suppression of atmospheric CO2 enrichment is a bad idea. The more CO2, the greener the planet.

    • Frans, I agree with you and disagree with you. Yes, more CO2 results in a greener planet and that’s good. But, apart from CO2, the fossil fuel industry pollutes (“real” pollutants, not CO2) the atmosphere.
      A case in point is the big cities in China where the air pollution, associated with burning of coal, is so bad they sometimes have to almost shut down a city.

      • However, when the Chinese get richer, they will be able to clean up that pollution, just as the Western industrial countries did.

      • Not that old nostrum again.
        The reason why Chinese air is so bad is because they chose not to pay for the pollution control equipment that has been available in the west for over 20 years.

      • So, the logic of this “we must control fossil fuel pollution because the Chinese are bad actors,” is on a par with saying “we must eliminate municipal government because Chicago and Detroit are corrupt.” Just become someone is a bad actor doesn’t justify imposing controls on otherwise good actors. “We must put all people in jail because some people commit crimes.”

  9. Should have put quotes around ‘libertarian’ not ‘fee’. The LP is becoming about as libertarian as the liberals are liberal.

    • I like to distinguish between Libertarians (party members) and libertarians (systematic believers in freedom). This year has just about the lowest overlap ever between them.

      • Dear Lark,
        Good insight. Within the Party, there was a not-very-miscible mixture of semi-Marxist anarchists, Rothbardian anarchists, traditional fiscal conservatives, constitutionalists, Objectivists/Randians, etc. The major internal split was over the issue of anarchism, and its proponents were distinguished by an “end justifies the means” methodology (“praxis”). That was enough for me to walk carefully around them. Their logic was generally as good as their scruples.
        I had a very funny moment in a debate I joined, partnered with Robert Poole, then-Editor of Reason Magazine, against Jeffrey Hummel (now at Univ. Hawaii, I think) and someone else. We were debating how miltiary and foreign policy would be conducted in a government or anarchist context (where the anarchists were anarcho-capitalists, wanting to hire out all government services…including deciding who got shot, but that angle was never brought into the limelight). They were opposed to the position Bob and I were arguing. But I had the wit to point out, when I got to the podium, that military and foreign policy decisions would be according to what Bob and I were arguing, for two simple reasons: (1) If our view prevailed, then naturally persons of our view would form such policy. (2) If their view prevailed, all such matters would be hired out to defense companies…who would be staffed by persons such as ourselves, sharing our views, and our policies would therefore prevail. This created a moment of consternation. Hoist by their own petard, as it were.

  10. JOHNSON ISN’T GOING TO WIN ANYWAY !!!
    BESIDES, climate change is largely natural as evidenced by the 30 years cycles of warming/cooling going back to (at least) 1850. PLUS, the atmospheric carbon growth rate has tracked temperature since (at least) the inception of MLO in 1958. Reducing emissions wouldn’t combat climate change even if it was “man-caused”…

    • As far as voting, I don’t want either Trump or Clinton with their lies, half truths and baggage even hanging out in the White House.
      Instead, I’ll vote for someone who supports our constitution, freedom and liberty.
      Hillary is already all-in for anything that stops fossil fuel use while harming Americans and Trump would change his mind on spending $billions to support renewables whenever he felt like it might help his bottom line or reelection.
      Gary Johnson and Bill Weld are up front and honest.
      They are both for smaller government and more freedom.
      I don’t want Clinton or Trump in my wallet nor do I want them in my bedroom, period.

      • Reading challenged, I see. Gary does want to get into your wallet, to make you pay his carbon “fees.”
        Now, I admit he probably won’t be in your bedroom. It’ll be too chilly when you have to turn the thermostat down to 55 in the winter, or too hot when you turn it up to 95 in the summer.
        He’ll be busy climbing Mount Denali, anyway. Which is at least cheaper than one trip for Obama – even with the Secret Service having to tag along, he’ll probably only soak the taxpayer (excuse me, “fee payer”) around a quarter mil for each of his vacations.

      • HAHAHAHAHA. Smaller government in the form of carbon taxes. Smaller government in the form of forced association. Smaller government in the form of “inserting itself into all of our problems.”

    • Mike, if it’s clear that johnson isn’t going to be prez, then doesn’t it make sense to vote for the “least worst” candidate that can actually win?

      • It’s an open question as to whether Hillary or Trump are “least worst”. They are both awful, just in different ways.

      • afonz-Depends. I live in Alabama. The state will go overwhelmingly republican so my vote for Johnson isn’t going to effect the electoral votes. Same if I still lived in Washington state, except they are overwhelmingly democrat. Now if I lived in a battleground state I would consider voting for Trump and although he acts like a baffoon he is still better than Clinton. I am voting for Johnson as he is the closest to my world view. I disagree with him on the carbon fee and open borders but he is still more of a Classic Liberal than the other two. I prefer a small unintrusive government, low taxes, low regulation and a balanced budget. The republicans talk a good game but never deliver,

      • Valid point, Eric, i live a few doors over in Louisiana and, seeing how it’s a fairly solid red state, i don’t bother voting at all (!) That whole jury duty thing is something i REALLY don’t want to be dealing with…

  11. Libertarian with a capital “L”. A liberal without “benefits” in the far left-far right nexus.
    The limited domain of science in both time and space has progressed to liberal extremes. It does, once again, conflate philosophy, fantasy, and faith. People want… no, need to believe.
    It seems that scientific mysticism is the secular orthodoxy founded on a pro-choice religion (i.e. selective or arbitrary principles). Their faith is clearly not limited to the fantasy of spontaneous conception, and their religion is not limited to selective or negotiable value. I wonder what else they believe.

    • Libertarian and liberal are not synonymous. Libertarian is “liberty from government”. Johnson is just another politician who will sell out to power and money.

      • You could check Johnson’s and Weld’s records before you decide to spread your opinions, falsehoods and conjecture.
        Both were two term Republican governors in overwhelming Democrat states.
        Both reduced spending.
        Both support the US Constitution.
        Sounds like they’re more non-partisans than sell-outs.

      • Yeah, and as soon as they run for a national election they start to pander to who they think will vote for them. That is a sell out in my book.

      • NM was spending more after Johnson left than when he started. The state increased 7% p.a. under his administration. Debt was higher during his administration. Yeah, yeah, he vetoed lotsa bills. Yippy. Spending still went up significantly under him. Libertarians talk a good game…

  12. Mr. Worrall, your rant on carbon markets is odd. Mr. Johnson supports a tax on carbon; he says nothing of carbon markets.
    [???? .mod]

    • ‘The alternative to a carbon tax is a carbon market, but as the European experience demonstrates, carbon markets lead to massive corruption and inevitable collapse.
      The reason is very simple – with a carbon market, unlike a real market, fraud benefits all the market participants.
      Fraud benefits the issuers of fake carbon credits – they get to make money for nothing.
      Fraud benefits the purchasers of carbon credits – a flood of fake carbon credits keeps prices down.
      Fraud benefits market regulators – they get rich turning a blind eye to the fraud.
      The only people carbon fraud doesn’t benefit is anyone silly enough to think that market based carbon pricing can make a long term difference to CO2 emissions.’
      ================================
      This has nothing to do with carbon tax. Johnson supports a carbon tax. Then Worrall rants against a carbon market – a different subject. Worrall’s comments are a non sequitur, not related to the post about Johnson.

  13. … a fee — not a tax …
    That’s what they said of the cost of not getting your ObamaCare and the SCOTUS said the fee was a tax.

    • Interestingly enough, according to the constitution all tax bills must originate in the House. ObamaCare originated in the Senate.

      • Yeah, that bird flew out the window long ago. Just another reason to boot them all out, via ballot or with other means.

      • The fact that such a transparent scam is legally ok is just more evidence of the total corruption of the legal system.

      • Not voting means withdrawing ones support of the system (which is totally broken), Voting for anyone means accepting and supporting the status quo. The system will only change if an overwhelming majority withdraw their support by not voting. As has been attributed to many, if voting could change anything, it would be illegal.

      • No because the outcome is decided by how many actually vote not based on how many eligible voters there are. So not voting doesn’t do anything. If only 50 people voted in Florida and one side received 26 of those votes, all of Florida’s electoral votes would go to that side.

    • Phil R’s razor:
      When in doubt between a pothead, a crook and a buffoon, always pick the buffoon. :>)
      If nothing else, it could be yuugely entertaining.

    • I have to say that Trump is not a buffoon. He has solid positions on policy and is clear-headed on the primacy of energy as the foundation of our economy. You don’t like his style? Get over it. I am glad he is not like typical polished politicians, who are somewhere between psychopaths and mannequins. Trump is a real person, who builds real things in real places and who hires real workers, who are, by evidence, very loyal to him. I work at (big name company), and our future would be more than 100% improved if we were being run by someone like Trump instead of the visionless cipher that has succeeded our previous visionless cipher.
      It is all very well to assume a superiority to Trump by looking down your nose at him, but his actual stature in the world is so great, your own posture tends to the extreme of bending over backward.

      • Trump’s positions?
        He recognizes that uncontrolled immigration is a problem, even if his solutions are half baked. The Crook, pothead, and I presume the watermellon would all support wide open borders.
        He recognizes CAGW as a hoax.
        He recognizes that Islam has a terrorism problem.
        He recognizes that burdensome taxes are a problem.
        Trump may not have the best solutions planned for the ills of the US. But he’d have to go through Congress anyway. And he at least recognizes major problems, unlike his opposition.

      • Dear MarkW,
        If you want to offer specifics, we might talk, but all this chatter of Trump flip-flopping is a canard. He has been very clear about wanting to renegotiate trade bargains to national advantage, growing the economy, controlling the border (and I like the Wall), limiting Islamic immigration, throwing out the special interests, repealing Obamacare, taking care of our veterans, strengthening our military, having a prudent caution about foreign adventures, and promoting all-out development of our energy industries. Have I left out anything? No matter. None of those things have changed, within the normal allowance of developing a one-sentence position into a full program. I would be willing to bet, in the Secret Casino of Fate, that you don’t know a darn thing about any of his positions, all of which are documented by position papers and statements on his website…or you wouldn’t be making such a vacuous and mistaken objection.
        Or should we talk about the aspiring Liar-in-Chief who pimped the State Department for bribes and helped get an Ambassador killed?

    • Not opposing Mr. Clinton is basically admitting you’re ignorant or criminally insane, as far as I’m concerned.

  14. Another climate religion, religious nut. What is it with human beings and their insistence to fall for these faith based religions? I can see oppressed poor in poor communities or poor countries grasping for gods to help them out in their misery. These so called educated people thought… Either they are over-educated idiots or they are purposely trying to con people with this garbage.

    • I always find it fascinating how some humans insist on using themselves as the measure by which all of humanity must be judged. To your mind, faith based religion makes no sense, so you declare that anyone who believes in such must be a fool.

      • MarkW wrties “some humans insist on using themselves as the measure by which all of humanity must be judged.”
        I do not insist on it yet it is so. In what way do you differ?

  15. Anybody who calls a tax a fee shouldn’t be trusted as either an honest politician or a republican or libertarian.
    And does Johnson realize that his carbon tax benefits the rich? How so? Because the revenues flowing into the government will result in less need for calls to tax the rich. I’ve read a number of times about how revenues from a carbon tax could be used to pay down the debt, pay for social programs, etc.
    Most of the revenues from a carbon tax would be paid by the middle class. Lets not let the collective stupidity that was exploited by the DNC elite to pass obamacare (according to the architect of obamcare, Jonathan Gruber) lead us down another costly and state controlled path to a socialist hell.

    • The difference between a fee and a tax is that a fee is paid by those who use something where a tax is SUPPOSED to apply to all. For instance, if you check your cable or phone bill, you will see a bunch of fees. If you do not want to pay the fees, do not use cable or phone. That is why the Obamacare fee was relabeled a tax as it applied to those who did NOT use the system.

      • And in this case, a “fee” on carbon would be paid by all because it would show up in virtually everything we purchased. Using your definition, it’s a tax then.

    • The rich already pay over 75% of all income taxes, yet there are some who will always whine that it isn’t enough.
      If you want to get any money out of a tax, you have to go after the middle class. That’s always been the case. It’s just that the middle class has the votes necessary to ensure that they don’t have to pay for the welfare they are demanding.

      • The middle class is demanding welfare? Why and for what?
        Makes more sense for the rich to want welfare. For example, how would they get to enjoy their riches if there were riots everywhere? So they push for welfare and make us pay. Screw that, I want them to pay. And I’m a true conservative. Used to be on the side of the rich but not until I realized that they are making us pay for what they want.

        • kramer writes “they are making us pay for what they want.”
          There is no “us”. What exactly do you and I have in common?

  16. Australia’s Gillard called it a Price on Carbon (Dioxide) when actually it was one huge electricity and refrigeration tax. We just called it the Carbon Tax, twisty words that were supposed to fool us that her Carbon Price was not the same as the Carbon Tax we were never going to have under a government she led.
    Consumate Liar – Calling a tax something else is the mark of someone who is not trustworthy. Over the last 9 years we have had three of the worst PMs ever, Gillard ,Rudd and Turnbull. If it wasn’t for Abbott’s all too brief interlude we’d be even further up the creek than we are now. The Soul of our country is nearly gone, I want it back. I want our freedom to speak back, I want to be able to be non PC, I want the Aussie larrikin back. USA – don’t be fooled by taxes in Price/Fee clothing
    Lets hope the Senate keeps them honest this term.

  17. Johnson just keeps saying things to make himself unelectable. Besides, a tax by any other name is still a tax.

  18. Mr. Worall: definitely, i agree with the sentiment but i would change/re-direct this last statement of yours: “The only people carbon fraud doesn’t benefit is anyone silly enough to think that market based carbon pricing can make a long term difference to CO2 emissions.
    my suggestion: any such carbon tax PURPOSELY SCREWS THE CITIZEN/TAXPAYER … because it robs them of their money — by fraudulent means — which they had earned through their works and efforts.
    in other words: it further enslaves fraudulently the citizen/taxpayer by taking their earned salaries and thereby reducing their individual freedoms; conversely, further empowering a centralized command and control government. [doncha’ know: here on the plantation, these days, we do “slavery” a little bit different.]
    thereby, step by step, piece by piece, we continue on our march toward totalitarianism … and, so it seems, no one is twisting our collective arms.
    no siree: this is not our fathers’ socialist-communist party!
    ps: madame hillary — johnson ain’t going to win — may we have another?

  19. I like the way these characters use words. Calling something a “tax” has a rather negative connotation, but a “fee” is slightly less aggressive sounding. Perhaps a carbon “levy” sounds even less negative, at least from the point of view of the the poor schmo who has to pay it. Maybe the next step would be to call it a “contribution” to “fight” “carbon pollution”. Who could be against that?
    /snark

  20. He thinks he would get more votes going with the “consensus” than he would going against it and he knows better than to use the word “tax”.

  21. I had doubts about Johnson before this last atrocity. No more. Instead of just acting in the role of Ross Perot for the Clintons, he now wants to try to be as bad as Hillary Clinton on environmental policy. My doubts about his intelligence are confirmed.

    • Does this mean that Johnson wants the most left, ie, Bernie’s voters, to come to him. If so, that leaves the minority vote for H Clinton. Not good for her election.

    • You can vote for Trump who will most likely change his mind when it fits him or Clinton who is already pushing to give away tax money and end our freedom.
      Johnson is a conservationist not an econut.

      • Libertarians have been whining for decades that conservatives need to earn their vote. Well, they can start trying to earn mine.

  22. It’s now time to require inclusion on the November ballot a place holder for 1) None of the Above and 2) Big Blue computer system, and 3) a short qualifying test with global warming fact checking using satellite and ARGO buoy data.

  23. “The alternative to a carbon tax is a carbon market”
    Or we could try NO TAX on something which has in no way been shown to be harmful.
    —-
    Everyone gets that a tax represses something until it comes to taxing business, then we twist our minds in knots trying to read left-wing economist models which somehow show that taking business (aka the wealthy) money helps businesses do more.
    Hmm..

    • On the whole, CO2 is not just beneficial, but very beneficial.
      By the logic used by Johnson, this means it should be subsidized.

      • Only causes very minor warming, which is not harmful, but in fact beneficial.
        Combine this with the fact that more CO2 is good for plants and you get not only “not harmful”, but rather “highly beneficial”.

      • MarkW underplays his point. Without carbon dioxide, this world would be LIFELESS, period. Mars with water. Or Venus without the clouds. It is integral to God’s creation that there might be life.

      • I agree with you guys of course. Its the same old argument, people conflate the fact that warming occurs with proof that there is a problem from that warming. It is so bad that balance of the evidence is not the question, just whether any problem at all exists. If we take it on balance, it looks like the single greatest thing humans have ever done for the environment.
        No scientific evidence of an environmental problem whatsoever, just modern soothsayers with chicken bones that have LED lights on them.

  24. Having met Johnson ( and some of his climbing buddies who trekked the Tibetan Plateau ) back in 2012 , I find this very distressing . He should know better .
    In the LP candidate debates , he acknowledged knowing geologist Harrison Schmitt , one of the last Moon walking astronauts and NM senator , and knowing Schmitt understands what total corrupt BS this demonization of CO2 is .
    Johnson has several severe statist brain warps but compared to the outright criminality of the Dems and the untempered egotism of Trump , I not ready to take down my recycled 2012 Gary Johnson Live Free sign from our gate , see https://www.facebook.com/Bob.Armstrong.CoSy , yet .

  25. Gary and Bill should just partner with Green Party candidate Jill Stein. They could form a tri-presidency, where each gets to be president for one week, in a three week rotation. They could then disband Congress and the Supreme Court and let everyone “Live Free” on yoga, pot, and organic kale…

  26. I propose the fee shall be a dime a petaton. This way, we can have the fee and ensure it is as useless as not having it, all at the same time!

    • What an interesting graph. The blue line purports to be a sine wave, but has straight legs. Mathematically straight. Yet what is graphed is the change in temperature per year. That should be fairly noisy. No noise here.
      Where on Earth did you get this graph? I bet the original post this was part of is one of the best nonsense rants to ever hit the internet.

      • Hi Tony
        I did an investigation at the beginning of 2013 and produced this graph myself.
        Do you want to know where the data came from?
        Looking at the rate of change in K/annum/annum eliminates a lot of error, it does not amplify it!
        Clearly the rate of change follows solar activity for the past 100 years or so
        http://www.leif.org/research/HenryP-GN.png
        especially when you average the SC 19 and 20 which is fair [since there was a double solar pole switch in 1971]
        going before 100 years it be comes murky
        which has resulted me in becoming a sceptic of any scientific results before 1900.

      • OK, fair enough.
        Rate of change in Solar vs. Temperature.
        That is something which is worth a look.
        Thanks for the reply.

  27. Well there went my last option for voting. I guess I am just going to have to sit out my first election since eligibility set in.

    • I’ll most likely go vote this go round just because of some of the “down ticket” races–county and state offices.
      just no vote in the biggie

      • If you vote Hillary into Office, by not voting in the presidential election, she may just neutralize your local representatives with her extraConstitutional actions. Then where will you be? You will be in the same postion you are in now with *no* representation.
        Obama has pretty much neutralized your local representation to date. How effective were they at stopping any of Obama’s agenda? Answer: Completely ineffective.
        Hillary will be the same, only worse, because she has decades of experience using the government against her enemies, and she is very good at it, if you hadn’t already noticed. Obama has only had eight years and look at the damage he has done. And you want to take a chance on Hillary? Trump has no history of such corruption or criminality.
        You smart guys are going to outsmart yourselves, if you don’t watch out.

  28. Let “believers” pay carbon taxes, but don’t make disbelievers the goats and make them pay it. Interesting to see how much money would actually be collected.

  29. Disappointing. But, he’s still the only reasonable choice this election. He only has a chance to win if he gets into the debates though. Hillary and Trump are both equally terrible. No way I could vote for either of them.

    • Hillary and Trump equally bad? What is appealing about Hillary? On her climate change policies, she is pandering to the green blob and the rest of the rent-seekers. That alone is enough to vote Trump to keep her out of office, even if one ignores the rest of her policies and personal corruption.

    • If you can’t parse the pay for play scam which makes watergate look like a bake sale, the equally bad argument ends at the supreme court.

      • The Supreme Court is ultimately THE biggest issue for the coming election. With a crook in the White House and a solid majority of equally corrupt judges on the Court watching her back, and presuming just enough conspirators remaining in the Senate to block impeachment, it’s Game Over for lawful government and remotely honest elections.

  30. Any downside to a carbon tax or fee must be weighed against the total elimination of the income tax and payroll taxes which Johnson also proposes, which would be a huge boon for industry. He also has proposed eliminating all federal energy subsidies. That is far, far more than you will ever get from a Trump or a Clinton.
    Consider the entire platform – not just hit piece sound bites.

    • Total elimination of the income tax

      “We will put in a modest tax in place of an onerous tax.”
      Oh dear, how many times have we heard that one before?
      If you are old enough to have ridden around the block on your bicycle, you already know you get stuck with both.
      Now, a carbon tax or fee. You are giving the govt. the ability to control energy. That gives govt. a stranglehold, on industry, all business, transportation, food production, everything. Even to the point where govt. decides whether you can keep warm in the winter.
      Remember, the powers you grant the govt during one administration get inherited by the next.
      Still sound like a good idea?

  31. I’ve changed my mind, and probably will vote for Trump after all. I’ll just need an extra-large clothespin.

    • I held my nose and voted for Bush 1, Dole, Bush 2, McCain and Romney.
      The Republicans have adopted a strategy that as long as the offer a candidate that isn’t as bad as the Democrat, we have no choice but to vote for them.
      So long as we keep voting for the lesser of two evils, that will be the only option we have.

      • Trump is the only good option you have. Not voting for him won’t change that, and it won’t make Republicans supply you with a better candidate in the future.
        The Republican Party will be done if they lose this election. They are already done(the elites), because their supporters now support Trump who is into destroying the [status] quo, not continuing it. It Trump loses, his supporters may form a third party because there is enormous frustration with the Republican elites and their inability/unwillingness to push the conservative agenda.
        You have to play the cards you are dealt. There is only one logical choice if you want a better America. And it’s not Hillary. Take the emotion out of your thinking, hold your nose, and vote for Trump.

      • Second to TA: As I like to put it, Trump is making all the right enemies: establishment Republicans, liberal Democrats, and the mainstream media. He draws immense crowds. Hillary has to pay for goon audiences.

    • Trump’s not a politician and has never held elected office, so, how do you know he stinks? I mean he can’t be any worse than the POS we’ve had for the last 7+ years and he’s got to be better than what the democraps are offering now!

      • An added temptation to voting for Donald Trump lies in the fact that he is not the choice of the National Republicans.
        We had a majority in the house but Boehner managed to allow the democrats to get the nation into 19 trillion in debt.
        Not only that, but if they had had their way, the progressive national Republicans would have nominated Jeb Bush. Jeb Bush!! Jeb Bush is a Common Core/green Republican and he is now donating to the Clinton campaign.
        So how shall we punish them? Trump may be just the opportunity we need.
        Have a look at his acceptance speech, and if you need to, read the text. If he delivers on lifting energy and tax regulations, and stands for educational freedom, he would be a welcome new-comer to the political process.

  32. Non-condensing ghg such as CO2 have no significant effect on climate. Find out what does at http://globalclimatedrivers2.blogspot.com (98% match since before 1900).
    This might answer Eschenbach’s question at the end of his presentation at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/07/25/precipitable-water/.
    Increasing global average water vapor has a warming effect which is countering the on-going cooling effect of dwindling numbers of sunspots and declining average sea surface temperature (declining temperature phase of the net of ocean cycles).

  33. As someone with a strongly Libertarian background, Johnson and Weld are about as Libertarian as a hair-weaving license.
    From religious freedom to taxation and compulsion to guns, they are clearly Northeastern kleptocrats trying to use the LP as a tool to poach Democrat votes.
    The LP was in dire straits due to various changes in 2000 and 2001, but it’s pretty much being lowered into the grave now, from an ideological POV.
    Mind you, this is not the first time, as “Anarchism” is now communism (and Lysander Spooner tumbles in his grave).

    • I just read an essay on Weld; he got into the race because he despises Trump. And, presumably, the flyover/middle class/Palin/Tea Party/Constitution voters that Trump appeals to.

  34. “Excessive regulation is costing our country as much as $2 trillion a year, and we will end it very, very quickly. We are going to lift the restrictions on the production of American energy. This will produce more than 20 trillion dollars in job creating economic activity over the next four decades.
    My opponent on the other hand wants to put the great miners and the great steelworkers of our country, out of work and out of business. That will never happen with Donald J. Trump as president. Our steel workers and our miners are going back to work again.”
    At least Trump knows where my purchasing power went. That’s a start!

      • I tell you what, you and Jeb Bush can go ahead and vote for Clinton’s hair, then. Knock yourselves out.
        I am talking about energy,taxes and education here.
        And mass migration is a real threat in the EU right now. These are not individual refugees as they are portrayed, but young men from the middle east coming en masse as economic migrants at most. They are not refugees. And Clinton’s state dep’t has been involved in the failed states as well as the policy of increasing Syrian migrants:
        “My opponent has called for a radical 550 percent increase in Syrian, think of this, think of this, this is not believable but this is what is happening. A 550 percent increase in Syrian refugees on top of existing massive refugee flows coming into our country already under the leadership of President Obama.
        She proposes this despite the fact that there’s no way to screen these refugees in order to find out who they are or where they come from. I only want to admit individuals into our country who will support our values and love our people.”
        These were deliberately settled in all 50 states. Maybe some people don’t like NY accents or hair, but he has his numbers in the right place.

      • Well, that comment makes you either seriously uninformed on Trump’s hair, or it makes you a deliberately nasty person.

      • Re: tsk tsk & TA
        No, tsk tsk has insightful comments on this thread, and I wish he could be convinced. Obviously he does not base his decisions on mere ad homs about appearances.
        Upstream he(?) brought up the welfare checks and that is a huge problem. The number of people collecting welfare in this country has increased greatly under this administration, and I can tell you this is deliberate. The reason I can say that is because the farm bill ties billions in farm subsidies to government food assistance programs in a shocking power grab over agriculture.
        At least Donald j Trump has pointed out “Our roads and bridges are falling apart, our airports are Third World condition, and forty-three million Americans are on food stamps.” How did 1 in 8 Americans get on food stamps?! And it appears the feds farm bill prepares the way for more.
        Farm bill ref:
        http://dailysignal.com/2016/08/09/like-hogs-at-the-trough-lobbyists-feast-on-farm-bill-for-subsidies-food-stamps/

      • Zeke August 24, 2016 at 6:13 pm wrote:
        “Re: tsk tsk & TA,
        No, tsk tsk has insightful comments on this thread,”
        I agree, tsk tsk does have insightful comments, I just wish tsk tsk would refrain from taking cheap shots at Trump. Hair should not be a consideration in an election, which seemed rather flippant to me, considering the enormous consequences of this election, so I commented.
        There are legitimate criticisms to be leveled at Trump, but his hair isn’t one of them, IMO.

  35. Global temperature has risen just over 1 degree since the industrial revolution and on the heels if the little ice age. While most are in agreement that anthropogenic CO2 has been an influence , most do not agree it has been to a significant extent. Certainly there is correlation but that simply doesn’t equal cause and effect .The science simply isn’t there for the claims being brought by political influences. Consensus isn’t science and has no bearing on reality. The climate argument has evolved into a political squabble while hard science has taken a back seat to agenda driven proposals . Data has to be constantly altered and adjusted to validate predetermined results, in order to “fit” the argument. Political science, but not science.

  36. Anyone who thinks CO2 is a pollutant has placed themselves squarely in the “Moron” column.
    And using the words “carbon” and “carbon dioxide” interchangeably and demonizing them is not too bright either – you might as well equate “sodium” and “sodium chloride”.

  37. To be fair as I understand it, Gary Johnson was answering a question regarding CO2 control or “carbon pollution” to use the political term for it. Johnson, again as I understand it, said that a Carbon Tax was a preferable quasi-free-market solution to the social cost of CO2 (if any) than a huge regulating totalitarian government aparatus like the EPA. I agree with him up to that point.
    Way back in 1980 when I was taking my Oral Exams for my Ph.D. in Mineral Economics, I recognized that a Carbon Tax would be an efficient means of COLLECTING money to offset the social costs to the environment (again, If any), but only if those social costs could be fairly estimated (which is doubtful). Indeed, there are benefits to a rising CO2 (of which agreement will be impossible) and the net cost or benefit will be equally impossible to reach social consensus.
    The fatal flaw in the Carbon Tax is that while is a most efficient means of collecting money, that money in the hands of people in government for disbursement for “society’s benefit” will bring out corruption in the form of every human evil. Government is not populated by angles and the results will not be pretty.
    The end result will be that the poor will be poorer, the middle-class will be poorer, the rich and powerful be become more rich and powerful, buying the votes of the poor with “revenue neutral” policies.
    A carbon tax will simply be our acceptance of carbon-fibber chains stronger than diamond.
    (*) carbon-fibber — binding lies about carbon

  38. This was the year for a third party vote that counts. And I can relate in toto with the Libertarian viewpoint.
    Unfortunately, after an outburst like Johnson’s on climate change, it looks like he has drunk from the same cup of Kool-Aid as Obama and all the rest.
    Who would have ever guessed I could hold my nose long enough to pull the lever for Trump?

  39. Thanks to Jonson we now have a new political acronym: LINO – Libertarian In Name Only.

  40. This is one of my big sticking points with Johnson, one of his big “not so Libertarian” positions that he hasn’t articulated well. If I had to choose between him or Clinton “doing something about climat change” though, it would be him in a heartbeat, but he needs to say what he means by a fee, and how he imagines that not being a tax

  41. Since libertarians believe in freedom to define “libertarian” it is trivial to co-opt the word and form a Libertarian Party. But a real libertarian party probably could not exist for any length of time.

  42. The Feds take 20% of my income. The State takes 6%. of my income and wants 8% sales tax when I buy things. There is already a gasoline tax. My house is taxed. Just how much of a carbon fee is needed to save the planet. Considering that none of the other taxes have stopped me from destroying the planet I would guess that the carbon fee needs to take all the money I have left. However the government supported banking system will gladly give me a 30 year loan at record low interest rates to buy a huge carbon burning house. The government supported banking system will give me $50,000 6 year loan to buy a carbon belching monster truck. Maybe all the government / bank interference in the economy is resulting in inefficient utilization of our resources and a huge excess of carbon emissions. Maybe balancing the government budget through spending cuts would decrease carbon emissions more than a carbon tax.

  43. Gary Johnson accepts the consensus Science, and the most efficient and effective policy–a carbon tax.

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