Trade rules emerge as weapon to fight climate change in Europe

Posted: October 9, 2019 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, Politics
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The EU hopes to bully any country or enterprise that doesn’t want to conform to its dubious ‘man-made climate’ obsessions and policies. What could possibly go wrong?

The European Union is poised to bring trade policy into the fight against climate change, a move that risks stoking global commercial tensions, says

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen wants to craft a carbon border tariff for the EU, the world’s biggest single market, as part of a Green Deal to battle the more frequent heat waves, storms and floods tied to global warming.

The idea would unleash a major policy weapon that may well be too politically controversial to work. Even so, elevating the issue is likely to trigger a broader debate within the EU about how to protect domestic businesses from lower-cost competitors abroad.

The bloc is weighing steps to zero out fossil fuel emissions by 2050 and wants to prod the rest of the world into similar actions to avoid heavy industry moving abroad.

Frans Timmermans, the designated EU climate czar who will take office on Nov. 1, said the EU should analyze introducing a carbon border tax. The goal would be to prevent European energy-intensive manufacturers such as steelmakers and oil refiners from relocating to countries outside the EU without emission curbs and spur green ambitions by other countries.

“The transition to a climate-neutral EU makes the issue of carbon leakage more relevant than ever,” Timmermans told a European Parliament confirmation hearing in Brussels Tuesday.

Europe aims to lead the fight against global warming, working with China to leave the U.S. politically isolated on the issue.

Policy makers across Europe are upset President Donald Trump turned his back on the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. They also want to harness economic benefits from a clean-energy revolution that would touch everything from transportation and agriculture to energy production and the design of cities.

The idea of an EU carbon border touches on two policy areas where the bloc has very different track records.

Timmermans’ study of the matter shows the delicacy and difficulty of levying such a tax while complying with World Trade Organization standards designed to smooth the flow of goods and services across borders.

Full report here.

  1. ivan says:

    If this goes ahead I think it will signal the end of the EU, heavy industry will depart as will most of the automotive industry, Germany will run out of power and money, France will have problems because the eco-loons want to shut down the nuclear power fleet – where are they going to get the 50GW base load from if they do?

    As with all things ‘green’ one must follow the money – who gets the pay off out of this, Soros and ER maybe.

  2. Dan Pangburn says:

    The irony is that what they want to do will have no significant effect on climate. They picked the wrong molecule. Water vapor increase has contributed about 36 times as much to warming as CO2 increase. The tiny temperature increase from CO2 at ground level has been effectively countered by the increased cooling from increase in CO2 above the tropopause.

  3. Graeme No.3 says:

    Dan Pangburn:
    I agree that CO2 contributes 2.7% at ground level. My calculation also, based on the respective IR spectra.

  4. Graeme No.3 says:

    Re the bureaucrats “solution”.
    So they want to turn the coming recession in Germany into a depression? Followed by the collapse of other EU economies. This is one bureaucratic obsession too far. And how does the rest of the world react? Complete obedience to Brussels or looking after their own economy?

  5. Gamecock says:

    Agreed, Ivan. The question now is will the EU breakup before Brexit? And what the heck will the Remainers do then???

  6. oldbrew says:

    The EU is showing signs of losing the economic plot. If its citizens prefer to run around wailing about innocuous climate matters, so be it.

  7. Graeme No.3 says:

    Are you referring to the inhabitants of Constantinople debating “how many angels could dance on the head of a pin” rather than worrying about the Turks outside the (inadequate) walls?
    A match in fatuousness for AGW aka Climate Change aka Climate Disruption aka Extinction Revolution.
    I agree that the world will end but I differ from the ecoloonies aka gullibles by about 3.5 billion (+12) years. I am not losing any sleep about it.

  8. stpaulchuck says:

    ” to battle the more frequent heat waves, storms and floods tied to global warming.”

    more science fiction supported by fictional temperatures and data torturing

  9. Stephen Richards says:

    Their thinking seems to be ” oh well, we are already dans la merde. Another 2 metres deeper can’t hurt.

    ivan says:
    October 9, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    French nuclear baseload is 60GW already down from 65GW. We are building one new station at the moment but it’s unclear if napoléon will finish it.

  10. ivan says:


    Did you include in that 60GW the power that is supplied to Germany and Spain? According to the demand tonight (10-10-19), before the blackout, is 47.71GW with 39.50GW from the nuclear fleet.

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