Resolution in Opposition to a Carbon Tax
WHEREAS, affordable and abundant electricity is a strategic resource that is essential to modern life, America’s economic competitiveness.
WHEREAS, the application of a carbon tax to gasoline and other transportation fuels will have a dramatic, immediate impact on transportation costs; and
WHEREAS, a carbon tax, by design, will result in substantial, immediate increases in the price of electricity, making electricity less affordable for millions of Americans; and
WHEREAS, a carbon tax in the United States will have no impact on China, India, and other major sources of carbon emissions throughout the world, except to increase their competitiveness relative to the United States; and
WHEREAS, a carbon tax will put United States exporters and manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage by increasing domestic manufacturing production costs; and
WHEREAS, the sole purpose of the tax code should be to fund necessary government functions rather than to manipulate consumer decisions.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the American Legislative Exchange Council opposes all Federal and state efforts to establish a carbon tax on fuels for electricity and transportation.
Adopted by the Energy, Environment & Agriculture Task Force and the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force at the Annual Meeting, August 9, 2013.
Approved by the ALEC Board of Directors, September, 30, 2013.