France Cans Carbon Tax – Viva la Revolucion!

Just Gotta Love the French

First they help us with a revolution of our own. Then we help them. Then they give us a statue. Then we get them out from under Germany. Then they give us a great place to vacation. (skipping over a few times we’ve had ‘sibling issues’ as young republics sometimes do…). And we both make a variety of very nice wines to share with each other ;-)

Now they are starting the march away from Cap and Trade (aka Cap and Tax).

The French have annulled their ‘carbon tax’. Go France!

Google Translate of the article.

Original in French is here:

As I read it, it says that the law was tossed out due to differential impact (i.e. the law chose winners and losers) while not being true to the goal of CO2 reduction.

Let the flood of freedom begin, and let it begin with a small revolution in France…

UPDATE: From:,,5069767,00.html Deutsche Welle

We have a nice write up / summary. I’ve bolded a nice little bit:

France’s Constitutional Council has struck down a carbon tax that was planned to take effect on January 1st. The council, which ensures the constitutionality of French legislation, said too many polluters were exempted in the measure and the tax burden was not fairly distributed.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has argued the tax is necessary to combat climate change and reduce the country’s dependence on oil.

However, the council’s ruling is a severe blow to both Sarkozy’s environmental plan as well as France’s budget for 2010. The government now has to find a way to come up with about 4.1 billion euros in revenue that was expected from the tax.

Oh, a few Billion Euros … Well. Guess now we know “the rest of the story”…

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7 Responses to France Cans Carbon Tax – Viva la Revolucion!

  1. K says:

    Excellent news.

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  3. Michele says:

    I read your “About Page”, but couldn’t comment there. So I just want to thank you for keeping the agw hysteria, cap and trade alive. It’s a huge scam that would be horribly detrimental for many reasons, but the media is too consumed in frivolous stuff to deal with it. So thanks!

    Great blog!

    REPLY: [ You are most welcome. BTW, like your site:

    Nice summary of AGW issues and lots of interesting links.
    -E.M.Smith ]

  4. Iridium says:

    Happy New year and all the best for this 2010!

    just to give a precision (in case), the council just has struck down the way the tax was planned to be applied, not the tax itself!
    french government will work on it and should come up with a new version for end of January. The difficulty (for the government) will be to keep people happy as important election will be held in 3 months (and green party made it big in the last european elections). It will be interesting to see how they spin it around to make everyone happy.
    My wild guess: keep low profile, cosmetic improvement, and we will hear about “other” big political stories for the time being so the tax does not make big headlines in media while it is released until election, then only it will be applied and we will discover about real impact.

  5. tallbloke says:

    Sacre Bleu, les oeuf’s carbonnaire sont flambee avec le methode de cuisine s’appelle ‘Cordon Noir’, et maintenant, ils ont tous ejaculee sur le visage de Sarkozy!

    HPN Cheif.

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