Here's some followup to the news that some big oil companies joined the Climate Leadership Council pushing for a carbon tax...
Your Generate host chatted with a few GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill yesterday. There's very little immediate indication that having the oil majors sign onto the group will move the needle on what's currently a political non-starter.
What they're saying: While some lawmakers cleared their throats by noting that they're not familiar with the specifics, carbon tax opponents signaled that they're not likely to move off that position.
"The federal government would certainly welcome voluntary contributions from BP, ExxonMobil and others if they are willing to send their money, but I don't know if that proposal is one I could support, and I'm generally not in favor of carbon taxes," GOP Sen. Marco Rubio said.
To be sure: "I think it makes the conversation about this as a policy initiative more interesting, and so how that then moves forward I think remains to be seen," said Senate energy committee chairman Lisa Murkowski, who also reiterated her skepticism of carbon tax proposals.
What might really matter: If lobbying and advocacy groups backed by the fossil fuel industry dropped opposition to carbon taxes. And, if the big oil and gas companies in the Council translate their support for the group's plan into a real lobbying effort.
Several insiders I chatted with yesterday were skeptical of this, noting that while Exxon has long supported a carbon tax, it has not pushed for it behind the scenes in its Beltway maneuvering.
"They have expended literally no effort on it ever,"
one industry lobbyist tells Axios.