Read the Forbes article by Glenn Lammi here.
“Because “public-interest” groups cloak themselves with the feel-good mantle of protecting consumers, the environment, animals, etc., the motives of such groups rarely get questioned. But several recent developments show that all too often, activists put their own self-interest before the public’s interest.
Consider, for example, environmental groups’ opposition to aWashington state ballot measure going before voters this fall.Initiative 732 pursues a major environmentalist goal—carbon-emissions reduction—by imposing an excise tax. Revenues from the carbon tax would in turn fund sales, manufacturing, and low-income-household tax cuts. In other words, it’s revenue neutral, and that doesn’t sit well with green activists who see climate change as an effective proxy for a broader ideological goal: expanding government.
The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, whose members include such national groups as the Natural Resources Defense Council and Union for Concerned Scientists, prefers that carbon-tax revenue be invested in “clean energy and protecting vulnerable communities.” The director of One America, a member of the Alliance, remarked, “It’s not about reducing carbon. It’s how we do it.” He also stated that if the initiative increased taxes, imposed new regulations, or funded government programs, One America would support it.” Continue reading.