Bummer: Maine Becomes Latest State To Reject A Carbon Tax

With the election of new governor, Warmist Janet Mills, Maine seemed poised to make all sorts of ‘climate change’ laws. One got shot down hard

Maine Becomes The Most Recent Blue State To Reject A Carbon Tax

The beginning of March brings bad news for carbon tax supporters, who have been successful in getting legislation to impose the regressive tax introduced at the federal and state levels, but not in getting it enacted, not even in left-leaning, Democratic-run states that should be most inclined to welcome this policy. 

A February 28 Maine House Committee on Energy Utilities and Technology hearing on legislation that would impose the nation’s first statewide carbon tax ended with Representative Deane Rykerson (D-Kittery), the legislator sponsoring the bill, announcing that he will pull his proposal and will instead push for a “Carbon Pricing Study Group” that will explore the topic and issue recommendations at a later date. The committee subsequently voted on March 7 against reporting Rykerson’s carbon tax bill out of committee.

In the hours-long hearing on Representative Rykerson’s bill, 60 Maine residents testified in opposition to the proposed carbon tax, explaining the harm that the regressive tax would do to Maine families and employers. Only one person testified in favor of the bill. This strong display of public opposition to a carbon tax was instrumental in killing the bill in committee. 

What a bummer.

Though green activists are taking their proposals for new taxes and regulations to the state level, they have been unable to get a carbon tax enacted, even in state legislatures where progressives hold the most sway. Maine becomes the most recent blue state to reject a carbon tax. Legislation to impose a carbon tax has also been introduced in Vermont, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Oregon, and other states, but all have declined to implement one. Americans for Tax Reform has put together a timeline of all the carbon tax proposals that have been rejected both in the U.S. and abroad.  

And don’t forget carbon tax initiatives getting shot down not once, but twice in Washington state under Gov Jay Inslee, who’s running for president under the banner of Doing Something about ‘climate change’. Citizens really do not want them.

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6 Responses to “Bummer: Maine Becomes Latest State To Reject A Carbon Tax”

  1. Bill Bear says:

    Porter:

    Question #1: If an industrial concern discharges carbon and other compounds into the atmosphere, are they in fact polluting said atmosphere? Yes or No?

  2. Bill Bear says:

    Still waiting for an answer, Porter:

    Question #1: If an industrial concern discharges carbon and other compounds into the atmosphere, are they in fact polluting said atmosphere? Yes or No?

    • formwiz says:

      While you’re waiting, read about the Climategate emails and Michael Mann, to find out why it’s all a lie.

  3. Dana says:

    It’s very simple: a whole lot of people want us to ‘do something’ about global warming climate change, just as long as they don’t have to pay for it.

    Of course, the latest incarnation of Jeffrey Jeffery is whining about industrial discharges of CO2 into the atmosphere, but it seems that voters understand: any increased costs levied on industries will wind up being paid by the consumers of their products.

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