The Washington Times Weekly

The hidden energy tax

Biden punishes the ‘ordinary people’ that he claims to care about

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The climate change provisions in President Biden’s “Infrastruc­ture” Plan will cost American households $1,400 each year. Last Wednesday, Mr. Biden tried to defend raising taxes to help pay for his $2.65 trillion plan, saying he’s “not trying to punish anyone … [but he’s] sick and tired of ordinary people being fleeced.”

So are we, especially when the fleecing is done by the president and his administra­tion and especially when it is carefully hidden.

Let’s take the climate change provisions of the “infrastruc­ture” plan for example.

The Center for Strategic and Internatio­nal Studies analyzed the contents of Mr. Biden’s plan and concluded that more than half (56%) “could be understood to address … climate change.” Given the plan’s price tag of $2.65 trillion over eight years — or about $330 billion a year — that means that somewhere north of $180 billion would be spent on climate change each and every year of the plan.

Is that a lot? Well, there are about 130 million households in the United States, so when you boil it all down, Mr. Biden would require American households, on average, to pay about $1,400 a year to address climate change.

Yikes. $1,400 a year per household tax on energy seems like a lot, especially for those already struggling — the poor, the elderly, those on fixed incomes and local institutio­ns.

Make no mistake. No matter how Mr. Biden tries to portray the tax increases embedded in his plan, they will all ultimately be paid by consumers, taxpayers or ratepayers — you know, the “ordinary people” Mr. Biden claims to care about — through higher taxes, lower wages or reduced economic growth.

Way back in February 2019, our friends at the American Energy Alliance did a survey of 1,005 nationwide likely voters and asked them how much they would be willing to pay each year to address climate change. The median answer — the one right in the middle of the responses — was $50. More than a third of the respondent­s said “zero.”

We have seen more recent research from earlier this year that indicates those numbers are actually lower now than they were in 2019; that voters have less tolerance for government-imposed increases in energy prices.

That is not surprising given the pandemic and the associated economic downturn.

The federal government already spends $30 billion each year on climate change. That’s a little less than $250 per household per year, which is somewhere between 5 and 10 times as much as voters seem willing to spend.

By adding $1,400 more each year to that already impressive burden, Mr. Biden is punishing someone — he is punishing the “ordinary people” that he claims to care about.

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