Mar 24 2010
We all know the liberals in DC only have a few months left to finish destroying America (change we can believe in!), and at the top of their list is the fantasy of man-made global warming and the energy tax. They will do what they did on Health Care, and make up lies about how America is broken and behind the rest of the world (remember Cuba’s world class health care spin?).
But this time they will have a hard time covering up the fact that even Europe is moving away from their socialist dreams, especially France:
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.
Since an EU-wide carbon tax is unlikely to gain approval in months ahead, if at all â€“ the Swedish government pushed the idea with little success during its EU presidency last year â€“ 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 â€œcarbon footprintsâ€ in Europe largely because of 88 per cent of its electricity comes from nuclear plants.
But the government adopted a carbon tax â€“ originally intended to raise â‚¬3.5bn a year â€“ to further reduce French emissions by targeting those from households, road transport, and industrial consumption of gas and oil.
This example is very enlightening. France has a low carbon footprint (even whilst it has yet to proven the current climate is driven by human generated carbon dioxide) because they maximize their use of nuclear power – something greenies have been blocking in the US for decades.
But the greenies wanted more in France. They wanted to tax everything. Not to fix the climate, but to get their greedy little hands on everyone’s money. And they were willing to cripple France’s economy to do it. They have the lowest carbon output of any large industrial nation and that was not enough?
Even worse, just like with Lindsay Graham (R-SC) here in the US, the tax was being championed more for political reasons than scientific ones. Greed and the desire to win elections – a toxic combination now the norm on the left.