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Democrats Demand New Tax (You’ll Hate It)

Joe Biden (left) and John Kerry (right) appearing on WMUR Channel 9 via ABC

Democrat John Kerry, who is Joe Biden’s “special climate envoy,” is eyeing a carbon tax in order to address the “man-made impact on climate change.”

This tax would impact Americans and the common use of fossil fuels, aviation, and maritime transport.

World leaders at the Africa Climate Summit are also discussing “a worldwide carbon tax” that puts greater burdens on countries around the globe. (Poll: Is America Better Off Under Biden? VOTE)

Kerry agreed with the initiative and recognized the pressing need to address the “acute, unfair debt” carried by African nations.

He pointed out that 17 out of the 20 countries most severely affected by climate change are situated in Africa.

Kerry said that a carbon tax is “one of the most important tools” we have to address climate change. He has also said that a carbon tax is “fair” because it would make polluters pay for the damage they are causing to the environment.

In March 2023, Kerry told the Financial Times that a carbon border adjustment mechanism would be a “last resort” for the U.S., but that the Biden Administration is, in fact, considering the policy.

A border carbon adjustment mechanism is a tax on goods imported from countries that do not have a carbon pricing system in place. The goal of a border carbon adjustment mechanism is to level the playing field for American businesses and to encourage other countries to adopt carbon pricing systems. Joe Biden Decides Whether to Wear A Mask Again

Kerry has also expressed support for carbon offsets. Carbon offsets are credits that are generated when a company or individual reduces their greenhouse gas emissions. These credits can then be purchased by other companies or individuals to offset their own emissions.

Kerry has said that carbon offsets can be a “useful tool” in the fight against climate change, but that they should not be used as a substitute for a carbon tax.

The world’s 20 wealthiest nations account for 80 percent of global carbon emissions. The summit, hosted by Kenya, was a crucial component of Africa’s preparations for the upcoming U.N. climate change conference scheduled in Dubai.

Kenya’s President William Ruto suggested the world needs a global carbon emissions tax to address Africa’s persistently low Gross Domestic Product rates.

President Ruto attributed the challenges faced by Africa’s economic progress to “climate change” driven by thriving economies in Europe, North America, and Asia.

“Those who produce the garbage refuse to pay their bills,” Ruto said, according to AP, echoing others who have also called for carbon tax impositions. Opinion: Why Joe Biden Must Be Impeached

The event has predominantly showcased leaders from government, business, and civil society, including many who have previously participated in climate conferences.

Simon Stiell, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, remarked “Heading from event to event doesn’t leave us with a lot of constructive thinking time.”

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