Monday, July 16, 2012
On Wednesday, the conservative American Enterprise Institute hosted a secret meeting with other Washington, D.C., think tank officials, including members from several prominent liberal ones, to discuss how to build political support for a carbon pollution tax.Fortunately, Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, got wind of this foolishness and spread the word.
The discussion even apparently raised the subject of trying to get the upcoming post-election "lame duck" Congress to address the issue. [link dropped]
The Economic Policy Director of the AEI claimed that his outfit was merely hosting an "information sharing" event, to which the CEI's Marlo Lewis responds appropriately:
[L]et's assume he experienced it that way, but what about the 'progressives' who set the agenda? They must really be into sharing, because this was their fifth meeting. Whatever the AEI folks thought the event was about, the agenda clearly outlines a strategy meeting to develop the PR/legislative campaign to promote and enact carbon taxes. [bold added]I am grateful to the CEI for its vigilance.