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Enviros & Energy Taxes

A reader argues that I should not equate traditional enviornmental activist support for energy taxes with environmentalist support for higher energy prices. This would be a fair point except for the fact that environmental activists have supported energy taxes because such taxes would increase prices and reduce consumption. Higher prices, particularly forof carbon-based fuels, is their explicit policy aim. Thus, it is hypocritical for environmentalists to criticize the administration for not adopting policies that will reduce energy prices.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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