A carbon tax is a fee imposed either at fossil fuel extraction or generation with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Under most schemes, some revenues are returned to residents to offset higher energy costs.
Inglis has been one of the most vocal promoters of a carbon tax, calling it a free-market alternative to emissions regulations and cap-and-trade systems. He, along with other right-leaning think tanks, says a carbon tax should be revenue neutral by coupling it with lower personal tax rates.
Inglis said that Austion can help spread that message to other conservatives.
“Conservatives need to organize and educate on a large scale to have a chance at redirecting the country towards free-enterprise solutions and away from the status quo of big-government regulatory intervention,” he said in a statement.
— This story was updated at 12:48 p.m.