"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

French President Wants to Pass The Buck on Carbon Tax

The writing is on the wall for Sarkozy that passing a carbon tax would be electoral suicide so he now wants to pass the decision to the EU which is largely beyond the reach of French voter's anger. The great thing about democracy is that when the Government stuffs up the voters toss them out. However  a central Government like the EU is much harder to remove because of the way it is implemented.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Tuesday that a carbon fuel tax aimed at curbing global warming should be introduced at European level.

Earlier Tuesday, French lawmakers said France would abandon its planned carbon fuel tax.
The tax would have made France the first big economy to tax harmful carbon emissions.
Fillon said in a statement that the government will ask the European Commission to accelerate plans to harmonize any eventual carbon taxes across the European Union.

  If Sarkozy really wants this he should grow a pair and face his electorate with the tax and take his medicine instead of trying to weasel the EU into doing his dirty work.

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