Carbon tax vote: The climate peacocks need to put up or shut up

  • Published on July 20th, 2018

The House just passed a resolution, H. Con. Res. 119, expressing the “sense of Congress” that any tax on carbon “would be detrimental to American families and businesses, and is not in the best interest of the United States.” Six Republicans — four of them in the Climate Solutions Caucus — voted against the resolution.

climate hawks voteBy RL Miller
Climate Hawks Vote

The remaining 37 members of the caucus voted exactly the way the Koch brothers told them to vote — against a climate solution.

The caucus is a joke, or it would be were climate change not so serious. The caucus has no credibility, and no ability to do anything. The climate is changing far more quickly than Republican attitudes. That’s why we do not hold faith in bipartisan solutions.

Fact check: we’re not going to advance climate solutions with bipartisanship. The only way we’re going to achieve progress on climate change is by voting out these climate peacocks who squawk about joining the caucus, but just voted with the rest of the fossil fueled party.

That’s why we’ve already endorsed Sean Casten, running against peacock Peter Roskam in Illinois’ Sixth District; Kara Eastman, running against peacock Don Bacon in Nebraska’s Second District; and we’re eyeing peacocks as we put together our general election slate.

We don’t want to reason with Republicans dominated by the fossil fuel industry. We don’t want them to be stakeholders at a table. We just want to vote them out.

Find out what you can do: Climate Hawks Vote


About the Author

The chair of the Democratic Environmental Caucus, RL Miller also runs Climate Hawks Vote, which backs candidates for office who are serious about taking action on climate change.