More stupidity from one of our altright commentators. The same basic idea was initiated in Alaska by a Republican governor and enthusiastically supported by Sarah Palin- in that case income paid by oil drillers on state owned land is returned to citizens, not the government. It is called the Permanent Fund. Google it.
The same basic idea with respect to atmospheric carbon production has been accepted by Republicans like James Baker as a way to encourage polluters to pay for their pollution while aiding all citizens equally rather than fattening government coffers. But the intellectual and moral degenerates who oppose anything a Democrat or liberal does, rather than actually thinking about its merits, claim this intelligent method is simply to redistribute wealth.