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Posted by Jeff Id on March 23, 2010

French government backs down on carbon tax plan

Jean-Francois Cope, parliamentary leader of the governing UMP party, was quoted as saying the tax “would be Europe-wide or not (exist) at all”.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon told parliament that the government should focus on policies that increased France’s economic competitiveness.

It’s good to see a bit of sanity in the world of crazy government.  Not that the current US administration would mind carbon taxing itself into obsolescence.   Take it from our European friends, CO2 limitation is a horrible idea, unilateral CO2 limitation is just dumb.

8 Responses to “Sanity”

  1. mrpkw said

    Can this be considered a French “victory”??

    CHUCKLE !!

    It is a great, positive step for free markets.

  2. Chuckles said

    You called?

    Nobody can do naked self interest as well as the French. Hopefully this annoys all the right people and has huge and ongoing effects.
    Sort of a tipping point and high sensitivity positive feedbacks I suppose?

  3. Graham said

    The King will be obsequious in sliding the decision over to PuntEUs Pilot [sic] …who scrubs hands bloody after capitulating to the vote consensus of the gathered crowd.

    Then again, you could always look on the bright side of life.

  4. Kondealer said

    No chance of this happening in the UK. The Government’s response tell you all you need to know.

    You signed a petition asking the Prime Minister to “suspend the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia from preparation of any Government Climate Statistics until the various allegations have been fully investigated by an independent body.”

    The Prime Minister’s Office has responded to that petition and you can view it here:

    We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to suspend the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia from preparation of any Government Climate Statistics until the various allegations have been fully investigated by an independent body.”
    Details of Petition:
    “The Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia is a “leading centre” for the investigation of “manmade global warming” and government policy relies on the integrity of these statistics. Several claims have been made: that data was “cherry picked” to make the 20th century temperature rise look exceptional in historical terms; emails suggest the unit has colluded in “tricks” to “hide the decline” in a high profile scientific journal, and this unit has colluded in active, secret and highly political campaigning through the website “realclimate”. The preparation of climate statistics require many judgements: stations move & sites become surrounded by urban sprawl (urban heating) & a judgement must be made of the size of the offset to apply to the global temperature record. The University accepts most emails are genuine so it appears the Unit has been acting in a highly partisan way incompatible with that of a neutral body preparing and interpreting government data. We call on the PM to suspend all further use of the climate research unit until all pertinent allegations have been investigated and any action (if any) has been taken.”

    Read the Government’s response
    The Government believes that all these allegations should be investigated transparently.
    An independent review is currently examining the scientific conduct of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) and is due to report its findings later in the spring. More information on the review can be found at: The University of East Anglia also recently announced that there will be a separate review to examine the CRU’s key scientific publications. The findings of both these reviews will be made public.
    The House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology is also investigating the matter. On 1 March the Select Committee heard evidence from a wide range of contributors, including Professor Jones, who has temporarily stepped down from his post as Director of CRU.
    CRU’s analysis of temperature records is not funded by, prepared for, or published by the Government. The resulting outputs are not Government statistics.
    Our confidence that the Earth is warming is taken from multiple sources of evidence and not only the HadCRUT temperature record, which CRU scientists contribute to. The same warming trend is seen in two independent analyses carried out in the United States, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Goddard Institute of Space Studies at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). These analyses draw on the same pool of temperature data as HadCRUT, but use different methodologies to produce analyses of temperature change through time. Further evidence of this warming is found in data from instruments on satellites, and in trends of declining arctic sea ice and rising sea levels.
    Science is giving us an increasingly clear picture of the risks we face from climate change. With more research, we can better understand those risks, and how to manage them. That is why the Government funds a number of institutions, including the University of East Anglia, to carry out research into climate change science.

    Prime Minister’s Office

    Petition information –

  5. greg2213 said

    Carbon taxes are a great idea as they give our various governments far more money to spend on favors to special interests, grants/subsidies for pet projects, increasing the numbers of Gov jobs (and we know how much better those are than other jobs,) increasing dependency through entitlements, and a poorer general populace that is less independent and prosperous due to increasing regulation and lower cash flow.

    It’s a win-win all around. Unless you’re part of the general populace…

  6. mrpkw said

    # 5
    You forgot to add that it’s a great idea for conservation because it will raise the cost of power and we will be able to afrord to use less of it.
    And our standard of living will decline………

    And so on,and so on……….

  7. PhilJourdan said

    Don’t pat the French on the back just yet. They said the reason is that there is not a EU policy on it – in other words, they will go for it when everyone else does.

    But that is not dumb. They at least recognize it is anti-competitive. That is the big reason the 3rd world (and world 1A – i.e. India, Brazil, China) like the cap and tax so much. It is an automatic tariff on everyone else. And they did not impose it.

  8. EJ said

    Great post Jeff!

    I cringe at the current state of climate ‘science’. The inertia due to weak 2-sigma correlations in the scientific research in this field is mind boggling.

    This has led to sociologists thinking they can craft public policy and set the thermostat of the earth.

    To try to geoengineer our climate is a fools errand. As is the notion that some politician can pass a law that can turn down the thermostat of the earth.

    For crying out loud!


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