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Stéphane Dion has a political future—in Paris

France introduces the dreaded carbon tax


 

Former Liberal leader Stéphane Dion should think about running for office in France. His ideas are all the rage over there. President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced plans for a new carbon tax aimed at combating global warming—the same idea that torpedoed Dion’s prime ministerial dreams. The French tax, 17 euros per tonne, will be introduced next year and will cover the use of oil, gas and coal. Two-thirds of French voters oppose the new levy, but Sarkozy insists it will help citizens cut their energy consumption and slash greenhouse gas emissions. He can only hope that, unlike Dion, it doesn’t equally cut down on his political ambitions.

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Stéphane Dion has a political future—in Paris

  1. we missed a tremendous opportunity to lead the world in terms of the environment and economic folders by rejecting Dion.

    • HA!

    • Amen to that.

  2. No, we dodged a bullet and we can thank our lucky stars that we weren't bamboozled into a hot air tax or cap and trade shell game, or carbon credit crap that only serves to make people like Al Gore multi millionaires. Canada produces 2% of the world's CO2. If we demolished our economy and met our Kyoto target we would then produce 1.7%. Meanwhile economies that are growing, like China, are opening a coal fired generating plant a week. And by the by, China has told Gore & Co. to piss off. Meanwhile the Earth enters it's second decade of global cooling(down .16 of a degees as of 2 years ago), but eco-fraudsters don't want to talk about that. Darn that mother nature, just won't get with the doomsday program. Cheers.

  3. "Two-thirds of French voters oppose the new levy". What the hell ever happened to democracy? Seriously? How is it that so many of us can oppose something, yet sit idle as it is foisted upon us? Us westerners need to brush up on our history, and understand the consequences of our reluctance to participate in our democracies/republics. I by participate, I don't mean just voting. The Canadian electoral process nullifies the majority of votes. We need to ACT.

    • Have you ever seen what the French do if they don't like how they are being governemed?????

      For starters there's this little thing called the French Revolution.

      Ever since it is the right of the French people to "descendre dans la rue pour manifester." It's not fun being caught in Paris during a Métro strike.

      • Well, if its anything like what they do when somebody lays them off…

    • sometimes the best thing for a country, isn't necessarily the most popular.

  4. By which I mean that i agree with Patrick (not Dakota).

  5. even without the green shi*t, dion would have got the boot