[lbo-talk] A class analysis of regressive carbon taxes

Marv Gandall marvgand2 at gmail.com
Fri May 17 10:19:52 PDT 2019

Why progressives should reject the carbon tax By Paul Abela Globe and Mail May 6 2019


Environmentalists claim that we need to change behaviour – that whatever financial pain the tax imposes, it’s a price worth paying because we don’t have the luxury of being distracted by “political” concerns.

But that, of course, is a political choice itself. The carbon tax only feeds into the decades-long perception that environmentalism is a class-blind movement and that belief has only made it easier for the populist right to capture portions of the working class. Yes, imposing a financial cost will alter consumption behaviour – the behaviour of those most vulnerable to its sting. When did that form of social policy earn the right to be celebrated?



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