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15 February 2017
Statement by the UNA-NCA President on Whether the Carbon Tax is the Way Forward on Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement

When some of the leading statesmen of previous Republican administrations form the Climate Leadership Council and call for a Carbon Tax, it is time to listen. Former Secretaries of State James Baker and George Shultz, former Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson, and former presidential economic advisors, Marty Feldman and Greg Mankiw have proposed a market based solution to combat the devastation of global warming and satisfy US commitments under the Paris agreement.

While we await the evolution of the Trump Administration's policies on climate change and the Paris Agreement and as Congress and the Administration work on tax reform and deficit reduction, it is time to put a carbon tax on the table. In his previous life, Secretary of State Tillerson called for a carbon tax, and Secretary Mattis' Defense Department has recognized the serious national security implications of climate change. Democratic members of Congress from the UNA-NCA region, such as Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Delaney, have previously proposed carbon tax legislation. It is time for the parities to work together in considering how a carbon tax would address many of the global and domestic challenges we face.

UNA-NCA is not endorsing any specific proposal or approach, but we urge both parties in Congress and the Administration to give serious consideration to incorporating a carbon tax in tax reform and climate change legislation.

- Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (Ret.)
President, UNA-NCA
 

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