Clinton open to ‘conversation’ on carbon tax

Clinton open to ‘conversation’ on carbon tax
© Getty Images

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE is open to working with lawmakers on a tax on carbon dioxide emissions if Congress wants it, her energy adviser said.

Despite repeated pressure from Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support Booker seeks dialogue about race as he kicks off 2020 campaign Capitalism: The known ideal MORE and a carbon pricing endorsement in the party’s platform, Clinton has not yet committed to pursuing a tax.

ADVERTISEMENT

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee still isn’t rushing to endorse the idea. Trevor Houser, Clinton’s energy adviser, said that with Republicans controlling Congress, it’s better to focus on executive actions, like her pledge to build on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

“Democrats believe that climate change is too important to wait for climate deniers in Congress to start listening to science,” Houser said Tuesday at a Washington Post event coinciding with the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

“And while it’s always important to remain open to a conversation about how to address this issue with Congress, we need a plan that we can implement day one, because it’s too important to wait, and we need to focus on those things as well.”

Houser went on to say that if Congress wants to take action on carbon tax, Clinton would listen.

“I’m sure that if Congress wants to have a conversation about addressing climate change, Secretary Clinton would be delighted to have that conversation,” he said.

It’s doubtful that Congress would do that during Clinton’s presidency. The House voted in June to condemn a carbon tax as “detrimental to American families and businesses” — with all Republicans agreeing — and Republicans are heavily favored to retain the House majority in this year’s election.