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January 11, 2013

Americans Oppose Carbon Taxes

January 11, 2013
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WASHINGTON D.C. —  A survey released today by the Institute for Energy Research concludes that voters overwhelmingly oppose a carbon tax, understand that such a tax will increase energy prices, and know that the idea of a tax swap is ridiculous. IER President Thomas J. Pyle said the following:

“These survey results are further proof that voters are wiser than many people in Washington. Voters know that a carbon tax will raise energy prices, will damage the economy, will hurt the poor and those on fixed incomes the most, and, if enacted, will result in higher taxes rather than some sort of tax swap. The fact that 67% of the respondents oppose a carbon tax is encouraging; it means that voters have not been deceived by those who favor imposing an energy tax.”

“Much like the cap and trade charade, I look forward to joining forces with the majority of the American people to defeat the creation of and imposition of a job-killing, economy-wrecking carbon tax.”

Highlights of the survey:

  • 78% agree that a carbon tax will increase energy prices.
  • 69% agree that a carbon tax will fall hardest on the poor, the elderly, and those on fixed incomes.
  • 77% agree that a carbon tax will lead to them paying more for gasoline and electricity.
  • 58% disagree that a carbon tax will lead to economic growth.

The survey was conducted by MWR Strategies in December 2012 among 1000 registered voters.  It has a margin of error of 3.1%.

To see the results of the survey, click here (PDF).


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  • Enough is enough.. How stupid can they get..

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  • I keep hearing all this garbage about global warming. Let me tell you who controls the wind, rain, and warming of this earth. His name is Jesus.

  • Chris Mathew

    The Carbon Credit and the cap and trade tax essentially charges companies (mostly oil and coal companies) that cause carbon dioxide to be disbursed into the atmosphere. The assumption is that this will provide the disincentive to do so. But remember, the immediate impact will be a rise in energy costs.

    Energy being the life blood of a progressive country, the immediate impact of the carbon credit will be felt by the poorest of the poor who spends a larger proportion of their income for their energy needs – remember the winter heating bills and the $4.00 per gallon gas at the pump.

    Why are we not analyzing the impact of the increase in energy cost along with the carbon credit discussion?

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