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House Lawmakers Pass A Resolution Opposing Carbon Taxes On Climate Change

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House lawmakers passed a resolution Thursday disapproving any future carbon tax policies designed to tackle man-made global warming.

The resolution passed along party lines, with only six Republicans opposing the resolution. Democrats overwhelming voted against the measure, which would voice opposition against any future carbon tax Congress might propose.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia proposed the resolution and calls a carbon tax “detrimental to the United States economy.” Both lawmakers moved forward on the measure even as other Republicans sought to push a carbon tax.

Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida and founder of the bipartisan caucus, for instance, is preparing to roll out his own legislation next week to put a $23 levy on carbon emissions. Conservative groups support the Scalise and McKinley’s resolution. (RELATED: Conservative Groups Stand Against Carbon Tax)

“Carbon taxes are not a solution to anything except increasing government revenues and control over people. Carbon taxes will raise the cost of electricity, motor fuels, airfares, manufactured products, transporting freight, food, and anything else that uses energy,” Myron Ebell, an energy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, wrote in a statement before Thursday’s vote.

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