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Top 2020 Democrats Dodge NYT’s Question on Carbon Tax

The New York Times sent a questionnaire regarding climate change and strategies to combat it to the top 2020 Democratic presidential contenders.

By NTK Staff | 04.18.2019 @10:30am
Top 2020 Democrats Dodge NYT’s Question on Carbon Tax

Three of the Democrats leading the presidential primary field opted to ignore a point-blank question posed by the New York Times regarding their support for a carbon tax.

In all, the Times posed seven questions to 18 Democratic presidential candidates. The second question focused on the strategy of implementing a carbon tax to cut down on fossil fuel use in the U.S.

The question posed to the candidates was straightforward: “Do you support a federal carbon tax? If so, at what price per ton, and how do you envision the proceeds being used? If not, why not?”

Most of the candidates gave their responses, many saying they would indeed support some version of a carbon tax. But four candidates, three of whom regularly appear at the top of public opinion polls, completed dodged the question: Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.

Ms. Harris’s campaign did not answer this question.

Mr. Sanders’s campaign did not answer this question.

Ms. Warren’s campaign did not answer this question.

A fourth Democrat, former Gov. John Hickenlopper (D-CO), also declined to answer the question. Unlike Harris, Sanders, and Warren, however, Hickenlooper routinely polls near the bottom of the presidential pack.

Why these top Democrats chose to dodge such an important question is not clear. But the Times did make clear that, out of convenience, they accepted answers in a number of formats: “some verbally and others in writing; some directly and others through their campaign staff.”

The Democratic presidential debates are scheduled to begin in late June. Given that three of the leading candidates in the race intentionally dodged a question about a carbon tax, one would hope that this would be among the first questions asked in that forum.

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