Trump has a unique opportunity.
Unlike most the Republican party, he isn't judged by how well he follows the party line. (or the decency line, or the honesty line... but I digress.)
Trump could accept that carbon dioxide and other human released greenhouse gases are indeed changing the climate, and that climate change is a danger to his golf courses and luxury waterfront property... I mean the USA. By doing so, and suggesting the USA does something about it, the protects Trump from fallout from any climate disasters during his looting... I mean Presidential appointment for life... I mean Presidential term(s).
Once he does that, he might back a carbon tax at the current EPA estimate of $36 per tonne (3% discount rate). This would allow him to cut taxes for the very wealthy more by having a balancing tax increase, and probably some other looting as well. A carbon tax would remove a potentially very dangerous political issue that might threaten the love that he so desperately needs. A carbon tax would throw environmentalist groups back, and confuse liberals everywhere. Then Trump could eliminate more pollution regulations... So the USA could compete with China for (non-smoking) lung cancer deaths.
Oh, never mind that the EPA cost of carbon estimate over time is way low, and 3% is probably too high of a discount rate... But it could be made lower by valuing future people's lives even less than 3% discount rate already does. At 5%, the EPA estimate for 2015 is just $11 per tonne. A more realistic figure would be closer to $200 to $300 per tonne. So I'd guess that Trump settles on something in the range of $10 per tonne to not more than $36 per tonne.
$10 per tonne would add about 2.8 cents to a gallon of gasoline. $36 would add about 10 cents to the cost of a gallon of gas. Even the realistic cost of $250 would only add about 70 cents to the cost of a gallon of gas. This could be balanced by removing the Federal gasoline tax paying for roads, and loot the Social Security trust fund to pay for the highway trust fund, freeing up even more funds for tax breaks to the billionaires.
Even conservatives would love the confusion of liberals and environmental groups. Think of this as a win-win.
Most everything around here is wet during the rainy season. And the rainy season is long.
2012 Leaf SL Red (Totaled)
2014 Leaf SL Red
2019 eTron Blue