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The news that the IMF is calling for higher taxes on coal, natural gas, diesel, and gasoline has only just started to make the rounds (so no full posts yet) but it already has the deniers excited with "we told you so" glee.

To them, this is verification that greens are evil neo-luddites who want to enjoy the wealth and luxury of electricity while denying it to the poor the world over.

While IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, says, "we are generally talking about smarter taxes rather than higher taxes," of course all the deniers hear is "taxes." They obviously aren't going to want to mention the fact that these taxes would reduce deaths from fossil fuels pollution by 63%!

We're sure to see a Lomborg oped, Heartland press release, and WUWT post shortly.

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  •  IMF = greens (3+ / 0-)
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    FG, Wee Mama, elwior

    I haven't seen anything from the climate change denier crowd on this yet though the report came out last week.  Anyone opposed to new taxes should know that energy taxes can be made revenue neutral by cutting other taxes like income taxes that they dislike.

    I'm more interested in what the anti-IMF crowd thinks of this.  Doesn't really fit their caricature of the IMF.

    Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.

    by Sky Net on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 07:20:59 AM PDT

    •  Except that cutting Income Taxes (1+ / 0-)
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      unfangus

      and boosting energy taxes is solidly regressive, but other than that.....
      If you want this to be revenue fair, use the additional revenue to subsidize heating & cooling and energy conservation technology for lower income people.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 09:49:48 AM PDT

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  •  A carbon tax won't hurt the poor (0+ / 0-)

    The popular myth with climate deniers is that a carbon tax will hurt the poor the most as they need cheap energy. The reality is that it's the rich that waste the most energy by flying to far away resorts, driving big cars and heating up or cooling their big houses.

    The motto for the future should therefore not be more and discardable, but less and sustainable.

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