Sarkozy Speaks In Earth-Saving Sintax

Fri, 2007-10-26 13:07Ross Gelbspan
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Sarkozy Speaks In Earth-Saving Sintax

French President Nicolas Sarkozy called for a national “carbon tax” on global-warming pollutants and a European levy on imports from countries outside the Kyoto Protocol.

Sarkozy mentioned no names, but any such levy is bound to be targeted at imports from the United States and Australia, the only advanced economies that remain outside the UN's landmark pact on greenhouse-gas emissions.

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What about taxing imports from China? Europe imports large amounts of stuff from China and they haven’t signed Kyoto. Any tax that wants to make an impact should target China as well.

I thought China ratified Kyoto (because there were no binding targets for China under Kyoto).

From memory there are no phase 1 targets, but are set for either phase 2 or 3 targets, which are yet to come.

what about signatories that have utterly failed in meeting their commitment?

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