Marc Morano, founder and executive editor of the ClimateDepot.com, explained during an interview at CPAC, “The idea behind a carbon tax and carbon dividend seems to be that it would somehow be less bureaucratic because you would have the price on carbon instead of regulations.” Morano continued: "But once you give the federal government a massive new power like this, you are giving it a blank check for the future. This is really just another scheme to raise costs and it’s dead on arrival. Whatever might be passed, will be reinterpreted by judges and it will become a massive new tax to go after the energy sector. This dividend proposal is really about redistributing wealth. The fact that the heroes of this movement are Baker and Schultz is very telling because they were the liberal establishment Republicans in the Reagan White House. They were not movement conservatives."
Excerpt: "Policywise, what [EPA Administrator] Andrew Wheeler is doing is phenomenal. Policywise, what Donald Trump is doing is phenomenal," said Marc Morano, director of communications at the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, who has questioned climate science for years.
"Policywise, what they're doing is phenomenal and unbelievable and beyond anything we could have hoped," he said. "It truly is."
Politically, CEI's Myron Ebell doesn't think it's useful for conservatives to cede the debate because he said McCarthy's efforts won't convince voters who want the federal government to address climate change to vote Republican.
"If local environmental groups or local media in their districts start looking into these bills and start giving them publicity in the local media, they're going to have a hard time explaining themselves because we've conceded that global warming's a problem, and we've got a plan which will do nothing to address it," Ebell said.
"So I think it's not a well-thought-out way to proceed on this issue, and I doubt that they're going to get very much positive spin out of it with voters," he said.
The bill from Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) gives the legislative backing to plant 1 trillion trees by 2050. The bill, from Westerman, a Yale-educated forester, was unveiled earlier this month as part of a moderate package of Republican bills to combat climate change — earning a mixed reception within Republican circles. The measure incentivizes the use of wood products, but it does not require any specific level of emissions reductions, in line with a Republican emphasis on avoiding new regulations on fossil fuel production or consumption. Westerman said he began crafting it following publication of a July 2019 study in Science that found planting a trillion trees could significantly curb carbon dioxide emissions. "If we can't agree about trees, I don't know what we could agree about," he told POLITICO. (Excerpt from 2019 Science study: "The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation.")