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The net result of a carbon tax will not be more federal revenue. It will be more economic strangulation, a more bloated federal bureaucracy, more layoffs, sharply higher unemployment, food stamp and welfare payouts, and reduced corporate and personal income-tax receipts.

Federal revenue would go down, not up. For what?

Earth’s average temperatures haven’t budged in 16 years. Arctic ice is back to normal; the Antarctic ice pack is growing. Hurricanes and strong tornadoes are near their lowest levels in decades. The rate of sea-level rise remains what it was in 1900.

China, India, other developing nations and even Europe are burning more coal, emitting more carbon dioxide and sending atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels higher. The sun ultimately is the real force behind climate change.

The only thing that will happen if carbon taxes are inflicted on our economy is that American jobs, economic growth, living standards, health, welfare, dreams and lives will be sacrificed for nothing.

We need to stop basing laws and policies on hallucinations — and start basing them on reality.

Paul Driessen is senior policy adviser for the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow and author of “Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death” (Merril Press, 2012).