More than 75 conservative groups and individuals sent a letter to Congress Monday stating their opposition to carbon taxes.
“We oppose any carbon tax,” the letter said. “A carbon tax raises the cost of heating your home in the winter and cooling your home in the summer. It raises the cost of filling your car.
“A carbon tax increases the cost of everything Americans buy and lowers Americans’ effective take home pay,” it added. “A carbon tax increases the power, cost, and intrusiveness of the government in our lives.”
The letter comes on the heels of Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, reportedly saying he was considering supporting a carbon tax bill backed by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware.
Proponents of a carbon tax tout it as one solution for reducing emissions in the face of climate change.
Last month, 75 business leaders lobbied Congress to take up carbon pricing, according to InsideClimate News. Companies ranging from Microsoft, Nike, Pepsi, and eBay had officials present.
The letter published Monday was co-signed by Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, Brent Gardner, chief government affairs officer for Americans for Prosperity, and Adam Brandon, president of FreedomWorks, among others.
Other groups represented in the letter included the Goldwater Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Independent Women’s Forum, and the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Republicans have at times flirted with carbon pricing, but the GOP-controlled Senate and Trump administration would not likely consider such legislation.
A Climate Leadership Council plan from 2017 called for a “conservative climate solution” that consists of a gradual increase in the carbon tax, from which the revenues would be returned to taxpayers using dividends.
The plan was authored by former Bush and Reagan administration officials.