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Shocker: France Ditches Carbon Tax Plan

From the UK’s Telegraph:

France ditches carbon tax as social protests mount

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor
23 Mar 2010

President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday scrapped the country’s proposed carbon tax and reshuffled his cabinet in populist tilt after suffering a crushing electoral defeat over the weekend, when his Gaulliste UMP party lost every region other than in its bastion of Alsace and the Indian Ocean island of Reunion.

The vote saw a resurrection of both the Socialist Party and the far-Right National Front, showing how the delayed effects of rising unemployment can change the political landscape long after recession has passed. The jobless rate has risen to 10.1pc, up from 8.7pc a year ago. A quarter of those aged under 25 are out of work.

The government said its energy tax was being postponed indefinitely in order not to "damage the competitiveness of French companies", fearing that it would be too risky for France to go it alone without the rest of the EU. Brussels has announced plans for an EU-wide tax, but the initiative already looks doomed.

Chantal Jouanno, the environment secretary, said she was "devastated that eco-scepticism had prevailed". France’s leading green groups wrote a joint letter to Mr Sarkozy saying they were "scandalised" by his decision, accusing him of tearing up a pledge to put climate change at the centre of his presidency

Meanwhile, Mr. Obama and the Democrats cannot wait to impose a carbon tax on the US. And if they can’t do achieve it through legislation, they will do so through executive order.

And, unlike the French, no crushing electoral defeats will stop them.

What do the Democrats care if people lose their jobs?

‘Let them eat carbon credits.’

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Shocker: France Ditches Carbon Tax Plan”

  1. BillK

    Even France couldn’t pull it off – but of course that won’t stop Barry and Congress.

    From the Financial Times:

    Paris scraps carbon tax plan

    By Ben Hall

    The French government on Wednesday said it would abandon its plan to introduce a carbon tax on domestic energy and road fuels unless there was agreement for a European Union-wide levy.

    The U-turn on the controversial environmental tax come two days after the governing UMP party of President Nicolas Sarkozy suffered a heavy defeat in regional elections. Senior UMP politicians have blamed the defeat in part on the proposed tax, which was due to come into effect on July.

    François Fillon, prime minister, told a meeting of centre-right parliamentarians that France would not penalise its industry by introducing the tax unilaterally.

    All decisions taken on the issue of sustainable development must be analysed in the light of our competitiveness,” Mr Fillon told the deputies. “We want the decisions to be taken in common with other European countries otherwise we are going to see a growing shortfall in our competitiveness.”

    The decision to ditch the tax divided the government. Chantal Jouanno, the junior minister for the environment, lashed out at the decision saying she “despaired of this retreat”.

    Since an EU-wide carbon tax is unlikely to gain approval in months ahead, if at all – the Swedish government pushed the idea with little success during its EU presidency last year – the French levy has, in effect, been shelved.

    France would have been the largest economy to impose a levy on energy use linked to a notional price of carbon. France has one of the lowest “carbon footprints” in Europe largely because of 88 per cent of its electricity comes from nuclear plants.

    But the government adopted a carbon tax – originally intended to raise €3.5bn a year – to further reduce French emissions by targeting those from households, road transport, and industrial consumption of gas and oil.

    Mr Sarkozy had also hoped that carbon tax would pay political dividends by helping to woo green voters to his centre-right party in Sunday’s elections, a calculation the evidently failed to pay off.

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1b00.....abdc0.html

    Let that of course also be a warning to any RINOs considering supporting cap-and-trade.

  2. BillK

    Sure enough.

    From NewsMax:

    With Healthcare Law Finished, Democrats Turn Their Attention to Cap-and-Trade Tax

    By Jim Meyers

    With the battle over healthcare reform won, President Barack Obama’s allies in Congress are turning their attention to climate change legislation — and drawing opposition from both sides of the issue.

    Sen. John Kerry, a proponent of congressional action on climate change, said administration officials can now “pour their energy and attention” into the issue.

    In the wake of healthcare’s passage, we have a strong case to make that this can be the next breakthrough legislative fight,” the Massachusetts Democrat declared.

    Climate legislation is the single best opportunity we have to create jobs, reduce pollution and stop sending billions overseas for foreign oil from countries that would do us harm . . . This can happen.

    In June, the House passed a bill that would approve a “cap-and-trade” system to restrict greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. The Senate has yet to act on similar legislation.

    Kerry hopes to win Republican support and is working with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on climate legislation, according to a report from AFP.

    http://www.newsmax.com/Headlin...../id/353598

    Has anything the Democrats have ever claimed would “create jobs” actually created a single private sector position?

  3. AcornsRNutz

    “…showing how the delayed effects of rising unemployment can change the political landscape long after recession has passed. The jobless rate has risen to 10.1pc, up from 8.7pc a year ago. A quarter of those aged under 25 are out of work.”

    This must be a universal media factoid now. By proclamation, the recession is over, even if its “effects still linger” and unemployment is still up. I know I may be focusing on the wrong part of the story, but how often have phrases this asinine shown up in our news? Funny thing is, the French are starting to see that they can call the recession over all they want, there is no way to justify further war on the businesses of their country. Why are we unable to see this logic?

  4. TwilightZoned

    “The government said its energy tax was being postponed indefinitely in order not to “damage the competitiveness of French companies”, fearing that it would be too risky for France to go it alone without the rest of the EU. Brussels has announced plans for an EU-wide tax, but the initiative already looks doomed. ”

    Even the French get how the country would lose all competitiveness, especially if the rest of the EU doesn’t buy into it. Yes, misery does love company! Alas, Barry wants to go full steam ahead. Oh, goodie! More money for the slush fund and helping to collapse the country. Killing two birds with one stone, how clever.


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