August 5, 2019

Robert Dillon Says Both Sides of the Aisle Need to Build on “Common Values” to Combat Climate Change

By Jacqueline Isaacs

Robert Dillon, associate fellow for energy security for the Rainey Center, was recently interviewed by National Review about a recent push by some conservative lawmakers to consider a carbon tax.

While pro-carbon tax conservatives believe that such a solution would be market-friendly and may even spur on green energy innovation, Dillon suggests an alternative, because he says policies like a carbon tax often have “unintended consequences.” The article says:

For Dillon, “central planning often has unintended consequences,” especially with a potential policy that would be as totalizing as a carbon tax.

Dillon’s vision in environmental policy is to work from the ground up — to find points of agreement across the aisle, and build up from there: “We need to look for more ways that we are similar, and build on those common values.” Dillon believes that incremental, cross-party progress in the environmental sector — encouraging advanced research on carbon-capture technology, energy storage, and renewables, and tax-credit incentives to lower carbon emissions — will foster better solutions than a top-down approach. “There is not one big bill that is going to fix everything,” Dillon has asserted.

Dillon’s concerns are shared by many “environmentally focused conservatives”, which according to National Review, “Their goals are generally the same as the tax’s supporters — to encourage American innovation and let the market solve the problem of pollution through advancements in technology — and they support policies that focus on funding energy research, encouraging investment in renewables, and keeping the energy sector competitive.”

In addition to his role with Rainey, Dillon serves as the executive director of the Energy Choice Coalition and senior vice president at Agenda-Global where he provides strategic advice to CEOs, politicians and philanthropic foundations. He is also a senior advisor to ConservAmerica, a nonprofit that works to build consensus around pragmatic, market-based solutions to today’s environmental challenges.

Read the article here: Are Conservatives Embracing a Carbon Tax?

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