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Posted on Sep 10, 2009
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A poll taken before President Sarkozy’s speech showed two-thirds of French people opposing the tax measure.

As some politicians in the U.S. continue to get their gender-respective panties/underwear in a bunch over government spending to help people, “conservative” Nicolas Sarkozy has vowed to “save the human race” from global warming with a carbon tax to help cut fossil fuel usage in France.

The Guardian:

Nicolas Sarkozy today vowed to lead the fight to “save the human race” from global warming, launching a carbon tax to encourage French families and industry to cut their use of fossil fuels.

From 2010, France will become the biggest European economy to levy a carbon tax, following other successful schemes introduced by Nordic countries in the 1990s.

The tax, initially set at €17 (£15) per tonne of carbon dioxide emissions, will be levied on individuals and businesses for their fossil fuel consumption. It means family fuel bills will rise, while businesses will pay more for factories run on fossil fuels.

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By stcfarms, September 10, 2009 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

“We” lack both the will and the intellect to do what needs to be done. It is not
just the carbon that we continue to spew into the atmosphere but it is also the
accumulated carbon since 1750. I have a plan to build islands from trash and
build the islands in the shape of rings. The rings would encircle large areas of
seaweed that would consume large amounts of the carbon in the atmosphere.
I have no idea what the idiots will do.

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By Niki S, September 10, 2009 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment
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Radical behavior changes are necessary and all the realizations about poor v. rich, urban v. rural will fall by the wayside when there isn’t any fuel for anyone at all.  If we don’t start doing some radical design and planning to allow for these behavior changes, we are all screwed in the interim.  Can’t “we” just plow through all of these issues and come up with the really practical solutions for all the species sharing this planet, regardless of their financial status?

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