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Not Libertarian: Johnson supports a carbon tax

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Don’t look now but Gary Johnson is once again spitting in the face of Libertarians and dumping the party’s philosophy in favor of big government progressivism.

In an interview with the Juneau Empire on Sunday, Johnson discussed how he was a big believer in man-made climate change and how he supports a carbon tax in an effort to reduce emissions by using “the free market.”

“I do believe that climate change is occurring,” Johnson said. “I do believe that it is man-caused” and “that there can be and is a free-market approach to climate change.”

Johnson was very specific in saying he wouldn’t have a tax and didn’t want to harm jobs, but that he would issue a fee to businesses to “make pollutants bear a market cost.”

Tho Bishop of The Mises Institute, a free-market and libertarian think tank, slammed the presidential candidate as disingenuous because he used the word “fee” when he spoke to the more conservative Alaska publication but used the word “tax” with The Los Angeles Times.

Furthermore, Bishop said that Johnson’s proposal was in no way free-market or libertarian.

“Johnson also tries to follow the common trick used by some ‘conservative’ carbon tax advocates by describing their tax as a ‘price on carbon,'” Bishop said. “In his interview with the Juneau Empire, Gary Johnson describes his proposal as a ‘market cost.’ Of course calling an arbitrary government-imposed penalty on carbon emission a ‘market cost’ is as disingenuous as not calling such a plan a ‘tax.'”


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