French court nixes carbon tax

“France’s constitutional court rejected a proposed tax on carbon emissions, saying a web of exemptions violated the principal of equality …

The tax, which would have started on Jan. 1, was set at 17 euros ($24.38) per ton of carbon-dioxide emissions, President Nicolas Sarkozy said in September. To make the tax more palatable, he partially or fully exempted power plants, public transport, airlines, farming and fishing, as well as 1,018 older cement, steel and glass factories.

In all, 93 percent of all industrial carbon emissions in France would have avoided paying the full tax, the constitutional court said in a decision published on its Web site. The tax would have fallen disproportionately on fuel for heating and cars, it said.

“The court ruled that the system of exemptions, due to their extensive nature, … contravene the principle of equality before the tax system,” the court said.” “French Constitutional Court Rejects Carbon Tax

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