(PatriotWise.com)- Neil Chatterjee, the former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission who was appointed during the Trump administration, hit the news when he became one of the first Republicans in government to indicate support for carbon pricing.
And now, Chatterjee is reportedly planning to begin advocating for a carbon tax – a hugely unpopular and dangerous policy that could see Americans forced to pay more for just about everything thanks to the increased cost of fuel. The plans were revealed on Monday when Chatterjee announced that he had joined the Climate Leadership Council and will work as a senior policy adviser.
If you’ve never heard of the Climate Leadership Council (CLC), it is a group that was founded by former Republican Secretaries of State George Shultz and James Baker, and actively promotes the idea of a federally-implemented carbon tax that would attempt to give the revenue from the tax back to households in an attempt to offset those costs.
Chatterjee’s support for the carbon tax is controversial, and he is by no means an unknown figure in the Republican Party. A native of Kentucky, Chatterjee previously worked for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and said in his recent statement that he now aims to “bring Republicans to the table” in supporting the initiative.
While he’s at it, how about he brings India and China to the table on these discussions so they can stop their rapid increase in dependence on fossil fuels? Just a thought.
The Democrats agree with Chatterjee on the need for a carbon tax, but don’t support his initiative of redirecting the proceeds to households. Instead, new taxes will benefit only the government and no doubt end up being used on far-left social spending programs.