Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who rolled out his first batch of major policy proposals this week, expressed support for a carbon tax and carbon capture—policies backed by the fossil fuel industry but criticized by environmentalists as “a distraction from real solutions to the climate crisis that we face.”
“To create a system of continued fossil fuel extraction and development… is signing a death sentence for long-term climate stability.”
—Seth Gladstone, Food & Water Action
On his website Thursday, Buttigieg—who is currently the mayor of South Bend, Indiana—released 27 policies sorted into three categories: freedom, security, and democracy. The first item under the security section is climate change.
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Mayor Pete, as his fellow Hoosiers call him, says on the site that “security means protecting our environment and treating climate change and climate disruption like the national emergency it is.” His proposed response is to “implement a Green New Deal with all available tools including a carbon tax-and-dividend for Americans, and major direct investment to build a 100 percent clean energy society.”
In a video published Thursday by theSkimm, Buttigieg outlined some of his proposals. On the climate front, he said:
This week was not the first time Buttigieg has called for a carbon tax-and-dividend. At a campaign event in Iowa last month, the candidate reportedly said, “the Green New Deal represents I think, right now, more a set of goals than a fully laid out game plan.” The first policy he listed as part of the game plan he envisions is a carbon tax.
Karl Evers-Hillstrom and Raymond Arke explained in a report published Friday by OpenSecrets News—which mentions other 2020 candidates, but not Buttigieg—that some dirty energy giants are lobbying for carbon tax and capture policies:
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