Bret Stephens and the Art of the Concern Troll

Bret Stephens, the New York Times’ new resident climate change skeptic, claims in his latest piece that he’s open to the idea of a carbon tax. But those familiar with his work will not be surprised to learn that he has a concern.

Stephens’ issue, as expressed in a conversation with his liberal colleague Gail Collins that the Times published on Tuesday, is that carbon taxes are regressive. That is, they affect the poor disproportionately to the rich. This is a legitimate worry,...

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