Paying for Infrastructure: Carbon Tax Gets More Voter Support Than Gas Tax
After a substantial foray into last week’s climate summit and its accompanying emissions commitments, Morning Consult polling has returned to one of the Biden administration’s major legislative hurdles: how to get his infrastructure plan passed and paid for.
While past articles from my colleague Claire Williams found that President Joe Biden’s initial plan to raise corporate income taxes to help pay for the more than $2 trillion in proposed investments is widely popular with voters, my latest story compares that pitch with a handful of others that have been proposed: a carbon tax, an increased gas tax and a mileage tax, specifically.
We found that the latter two options — which some have framed as “user fees” for those who will most use the infrastructure — are comparably unpopular: roughly 3 in 5 voters say they oppose both. A carbon tax, however, which would target greenhouse gas emitters, garnered the support of 52 percent of voters, and opposition from 34 percent. Meanwhile, higher corporate taxes remain popular with a majority of voters. For more, see here.
In his first address to Congress, President Joe Biden doubled down on his message that fighting climate change will beget job creation, saying that “there’s no reason why American workers can’t lead the world in the production of electric vehicles and batteries.” Citing “independent experts,” Biden said that his more than $2 trillion American Jobs Plan would add millions of jobs to the U.S. economy, including in renewable energy and in electric grid modernization. (The Hill)
The Senate voted 52-42 to effectively reinstate an Obama-era methane rule, using the Congressional Review Act to rescind the Trump administration’s relaxation of the 2016 regulation of the potent greenhouse gas. The regulatory reversal had the support from many companies in the oil and gas industry and prompted three Republicans — Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — to join their colleagues across the aisle to vote for the measure. (Politico)
The Supreme Court heard arguments over whether several energy companies can seize New Jersey land to build a $1 billion interstate pipeline using eminent domain, granted by the 1938 Natural Gas Act that allows private energy companies to take property if they have received the relevant Federal Energy Regulatory Commission certificate. A lower court ruled in favor of the New Jersey government, which argues that the project would compromise the state’s rights. (Reuters)
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Months after President Joe Biden snubbed Canadian officials by canceling Keystone XL, an impending showdown over a second crude oil pipeline threatens to further strain ties between the two neighbors that were frayed during the Trump administration.
Thirteen U.S. oil refineries released the cancer-causing chemical benzene in concentrations that exceeded federal limits last year, according to government data published by the green group Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) on Wednesday.
Volkswagen plans to invest about 40 million euros ($48 million) in European wind and solar projects by 2025 as part of a push to become carbon neutral, the head of the group’s namesake brand said on Thursday.
Tesla defended itself in a Wednesday filing against U.S. and German complaints. American regulators said the automaker has not proved its compliance with environmental regulations and German officials accused it of not taking back customer batteries.
Ford Motor Co. posted $3.3 billion in net income—its highest quarterly result in years—but warned the financial toll from the continuing global computer-chip shortage will likely worsen.
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