It’s huge news that three more states might adopt carbon pricing systems.
Jay Inslee (D) could find enough allies to advance his environmental and climate agenda, which for years has included trying to pass a carbon tax.
In 2015, a Republican-controlled legislature refused to take action on a cap-and-trade bill backed by Inslee; in the meantime, Inslee has directed the state Department of Ecology to craft a plan for carbon emission reductions, but has suggested that he would prefer passing a carbon tax through the legislature.
That means Republicans aren’t going to run on issues, they’re going to run on white resentment. Last night’s results suggest that a tidal wave is coming for Republicans in 2018.
But that doesn’t mean they’re going to change course, and Virginia’s demographics show why.
Bob Jones University lost its tax exemption after a 13-year battle with the IRS over whether the university’s policies against interracial dating precluded it as a non-taxable religious educational institution.
The university didn’t admit any black students until 1971, 17 years after Brown vs. It then wouldn’t admit any students who were in a mixed-race marriage and created rules to prohibit students from interracial dating.
Bob Jones, in Greenville, South Carolina, is a niche school.
Indeed, you may have only heard of it if you’re from a Christian fundamentalist background or follow that subculture closely. Although its discriminatory policies preceded desegregation, historian Randall Balmer has noted that it lost its non-profit status due to President Nixon’s crackdown on so-called “segregation academies.” (Among those segregation academies: Jerry Falwell’s Lynchburg Christian School.) Bob Jones received numerous warnings from the federal government and ignored each of them, but when the IRS finally rescinded its status the religious right reacted with outrage, as Balmer recounts: As Elmer L.
What’s more, as the Financial Times points out, regional carbon pricing would be “a counterforce to the Trump administration’s reversal” of the Paris agreement—just another way states are taking the climate fight into their own hands in the face of Trump’s inaction.
Tuesday saw some smaller environmental victories, too.
But that doesn’t mean that Republicans are going to start running different kinds of elections. And sure, Gillespie got routed in part because he decided to embrace Trump-ism.