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Straw Poll of U.S. Conservatives Supports Taxing Carbon Emissions

Joe Romm, editor of the popular Climate Progress blog, describes it as “the most interesting climate policy debate you haven’t heard of.” In June 2013, two U.S. climate deniers and two conservative supporters of climate action debated the pros and cons of a revenue-neutral carbon tax. “At the conclusion of the debate, a straw poll was taken and approximately 80% of the audience indicated they favoured taxing carbon emissions in return for a dollar-for-dollar tax swap on something else,” Romm writes [1]. “So in an actual debate for conservatives and by conservatives, the winner by far was serious climate action.”

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