Libertarian Candidate Endorses a Carbon Fee

Gary Johnson has put his weight behind

In an interview in Alaska, Gary Johnson endorsed the idea of a fee on carbon emissions.

Here’s what he had to say, according to E&E News:

“Johnson described his “free market approach” to global warming to the Juneau Empire in an interview published this weekend. He said his plan would include a fee, “not a tax,” placed on carbon, according to the newspaper.”

Just by coincidence, I blogged earlier today about a small government approach to a carbon fee.  We don’t know the details, and Johnson’s idea may look more like a straightforward carbon tax.

It’s very promising that Johnson has taken this step.  Many Republicans, discontented with Trump, have been considering Johnson.  Maybe his position will help make the idea of a carbon tax a little less unthinkable politically.

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