Op-Ed: Democrats Turn on Own Voters – New Carbon Tax Is Going To Wallop Those Who Put Them in Office

Op-Ed: Democrats Turn on Own Voters – New Carbon Tax Is Going To Wallop Those Who Put Them in Office


News has recently surfaced that the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is likely to put forward a plan to tax the carbon-dioxide emissions of “large polluters” such as manufacturers located within the city limits, as well as hospitals, colleges and universities, to help fund the city’s varied climate initiatives.

While a draft plan has yet to be finalized, it is looking like the tax would be established at $25 per ton, which BPS estimates would bring in around $10 million to the city coffers in its first year.

Whatever your thoughts on the environmental merits of such a tax (which, frankly, are slim), the time to raise taxes is not during a global pandemic that has caused serious economic dislocation and has killed more than 200 residents of Multnomah County and sickened more than 13,000.

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While this particular tax is aimed at businesses and not at city residents in

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