Irish carbon tax rise in doubt following Yellow Vest revolt in France 

Posted: January 28, 2019 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, government, Politics
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Photosynthesis: nature requires carbon dioxide

It’s Ireland’s turn to find ways of sucking the life out of its economy to appease the climate alarm lobby.
H/T The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

Irish MPs and senators are split over plans for a fourfold increase in carbon tax to put Ireland on course to meet its 2030 climate change targets, following the yellow vest protests in France, says The Times.

Fine Gael and Green Party members of the Oireachtas climate action committee want a report next month to recommend a carbon tax of at least €80 a ton over the next decade, which would add €12 to the cost of filling a car with diesel or petrol and €7.20 to a bag of coal.

Sinn Fein is opposing increases in carbon tax until there is better public transport, grant aid for retrofitting houses, and lower costs for electric vehicles. Fianna Fail is also against recommending a carbon tax rise in the climate action report.

The Greens want the tax to be doubled to €40 next year, with annual increases of €5 over the next decade until it reaches €90.

Eamon Ryan, the Green Party leader, said the money raised should be paid back to households as a carbon dividend.

The rebate would begin at about €200 per household — based on the Greens’ proposed €20 carbon tax increase in next year’s budget — rising to €600 by 2030 if the tax reaches at least €80 per ton.

Ryan said: “We are not going to be given a pass about hitting our carbon targets. We are facing massive fines if we don’t get there, and will face an even bigger task the following decade. We are 70% away from the emission reductions we need, and the government is going to have to change the transport and agriculture sections of the national development plan.”

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  1. Stephen Richards says:

    They are only facing fines if they stay in the EU and Germany has missed her targets every year and not been fined

  2. cognog2 says:

    Same old Irish dilemma: If you want to get to Dublin; best not start from the IPCC.

  3. Phoenix44 says:

    I am struggling to understand how this is supposed to work – you increase the cost of something to make sure it is properly priced and therefore to reduce the usage (what a carbon tax is for) but then you give all the money back so that the effect of the tax is minimal. It’s not even redistribution as everybody uses fuel at a relatively equal rate.

    If you want this to be revenue-neutral (as Pigou Taxes should be), then you reduce tax elsewhere, not just hand back cash. So you reduce income tax, which is distortive (it reduces labour), and increase the carbon tax (which reduces the distortion, if you believe in Climate Change).

    This just looks like some bizarre way to increase the cost of government without any benefits.

  4. thegoosefish says:

    Curious what the price of gasoline would be in the U.S. if we were considering carbon taxes.

  5. dscott says:

    My English and Irish cousins, take a cue from America, we made our targets without doing any of the things the Europeans did. Even IF you do believe in Global Warming and it’s immediacy, anything the government does should be with competence. What does it say of the competence of European leaders hobbling the population’s standard of living with ineffective programs?

    Had they just accepted the Capitalist response, they would have fuel switched to natural gas, fracked the natural gas deposits within the territories of Europe and made their targets without harming their citizens. Furthermore, Germany would have easily made their targets with commercial nuclear power as the French have done for decades.

    So why did European leaders follow the advice of scammers who reaped billions of Euros in subsidies for wind and solar on the backs of their citizens? The kindest thing we can say is incompetence. The reality is far worse, they were duped by the Russians running a long con on them to make them dependent on Russian natural gas. Just look at what Germany is doing to itself by building a gas line to Russia when they could just get it out of the ground in their own territory. Given the Russian propensity for bribing public officials, a criminal act of corruption is the more likely explanation of European officials making these decisions. Scratch a Socialist and reveal a crook.

  6. oldbrew says:

    The Paris Agreement on climate change ‘isn’t solving anything’

    That’s the verdict from Derek Birkett, former Grid Control Engineer at Hydro Electric

  7. David A says:

    Well Oldbrew, Mr. Derek Berkett is mistaken, as Paris and other CAGW programs solve something; mainly they solve someone’s desire for monetary benefits and political power structures, always at the cost of the average citizen. Mr. Berkett simply needs to understand the goal of the Paris proponents.

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