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French riots prompt media to ask: do carbon taxes have a future?

The riots in France were sparked by Government plans to increase tax on petrol and diesel, prompting the media to discuss the future for carbon taxes worldwide. Andrew Forster reports

17 December 2018


French president Emmanuel Macron’s decision to scrap next year’s tax rises on petrol and diesel following successive weekends of rioting prompted the media to ask what was the future for green taxation as an instrument of climate policy.  

The BBC thought the protests were a bit of a puzzle. “The protests are, in some ways, surprising,” began an analysis article on its website. “The French, in overwhelming numbers, believe in man-made climate change. So why...

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