Thursday, September 3, 2009

It's Not Over Yet

The "bargaining" over the carbon tax legislation isn't over yet, according to Cécile Duflot. The president still hasn't made up his mind--in case anybody was wondering who "the decider" is in France. Since Fillon has already announced the figure of 14 euros a ton as a done deal, we'll see if that changes or if there are modifications in the various compensatory schemes promised to affected constituencies. Of course the whole idea of a carbon tax is to force people to change their behavior in consuming energy, yet the whole idea of les arbitrages, to use Duflot's word, seems to be to minimize the pain and therefore the incentive to change anything whatsoever.

And no wonder the politicians are getting cold feet: the polling is terrible.

3 comments:

MYOS said...

One of the main problems is that the people who'll be impacted the most are those who live out in the banlieues, or in the countryside, and thus have no choice but use their car. If IDF and the government had built a comprehensive system of public transportation from banlieue to banlieue (and not just to Paris - and that one is falling apart, esp. RERB), I think the polling would be better. Electric cars and hybrids should have been developed more than they are (if they are at all). And there's a sense that on the one hand people are told to buy cars, use the highways, etc (including with the new Pole Emploi laws), and on the other hand are told not to use their cars...
Finally, financial compensations will be given to people who pay income taxes, but those who are too poor to pay anything (and tend to live... in the banlieues or the far countryside) will get nothing.
The carbon tax as presented by President Sarkozy really makes no sense.

MYOS said...

Comment found on Arrêts sur Images' s website:
14 euros la tonne, ça pèse durement sur les petits budgets dépendants de la voiture ou du chauffage au fioul, mais c'est parfaitement indolore pour ceux qui ont vraiment les moyens de polluer.
Que ne parle-t-on des quotas d'émission de CO2, donnés gracieusement aux entreprises et en trop grand nombre, conduisant leur marché à s'effondrer et des petits malins à spéculer sur une prochaine reprise de leur cours, alimentant la prochaine bulle financière... des subprime-carbone en quelque sorte.

le maintien de l'électricité hors champ est une entourloupe pour ne pas être obligé de faire un réel bilan de l'énergie nucléaire. Ce serait trop dommage, après être allé si loin dans la négation, d'être obligé d'avouer que c'est polluant (le bilan carbone est externalisé puisqu'il repose essentiellement sur les pays exportateurs d'uranium et sur le secteur des BTP), dangereux et inutile.

Tous les inconvénients de la taxe carbone sans les avantages, en somme...

MYOS said...

Even more stuff:
http://www.quechoisir.org/document/taxe-carbone.pdf