Leading Quebec environmentalist Stephen Guilbault said a consensus in favour of carbon taxation is forming, with even oil giant Exxon showing signs of coming around. “At this point I can’t see who except Stephen Harper can still be opposed.”Exxon Mobil is the world’s largest oil company and even it supports a carbon tax. It’s easy and cheap to be set up, and it’s much harder to evade than Cap-and-Trade. Soon, people just won’t be able to ignore the benefits of a carbon tax. It cuts emissions, increases revenue which in turn can lower income taxes. Everyone wins (except for the big companies). The only problem stopping a carbon tax is the fear of the people.
In a significant shift in stance, Exxon's chief executive, Rex Tillerson, told an audience in Washington that he considered a tax to be a fairer route to curbing emissions than a cap-and-trade system of pollution allocations.http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/jan/09/exxon-wants-carbon-tax
"As a businessman it is hard to speak favourably about any new tax," said Tillerson. "But a carbon tax strikes me as a more direct, a more transparent and a more effective approach."