Councils lobby for infrastructure funding and a tax on carbon dioxide emissions. They say that if it comes to passing a carbon tax, the nation’s future as a global power producer must include clean energy.
Some of their most fervent supporters have the ear of Trump and his political allies. But there’s growing pushback.
“The U.S. was the dominant producer in the last 50 years, when there was no carbon tax at all,” says Michael Wesseling, executive vice president of the American Council for Capital Formation. “But we’ve had zero emissions since then. Now we have to pay for it, and that costs money. It costs jobs. It costs economic growth.”
In the years before its climate change policy became an issue, America’s economy shifted from the energy sector to the manufacturing sector, Wesseling says. “America was all about manufacturing, the automobile, the big truck companies. And we lost out. We took that away, lost the manufacturing, and now we’re back to high-tech manufacturing.”
The U.S. is spending about $500 billion annually on infrastructure — a big chunk of it for highways, bridges, tunnels, power plants. But critics say infrastructure spending has gone downhill while tax incentives and a new tax on carbon dioxide emissions haven’t made up the shortfall. Wesseling says many American cities are building out roads as if they’re infrastructure, in places like Houston, where he is working to help communities build off of a pipeline, not a pipeline.
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It’s the opposite story for some of Trump’s top supporters in the Trump administration. On the campaign trail, Trump promised to use his position on climate to help small businesses create jobs.
On Capitol Hill, many of them are still working on that same concept, as Trump makes decisions on legislation and the executive branch does his cabinet picks. And if the next administration tries to move things forward on climate change, they’ll still have a tough sell, because it’s a topic that has a long way to go.
“This is an important issue for people to remember,” says Scott Gentry, who chairs the climate action team at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank. “The way tha