Why taxing emissions is a disservice to climate cause

Dec 13, 2018, 7:17 AM EST
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France realized it the bitter way that green taxes can’t be the sole burden of poor and urban middle class. The yellow vest movement brought the government to its knees, forcing it to roll back a proposed fuel tax hike, a development that has a crucial lesson in it.  

We would be doing a disservice to the climate cause by taxing carbon emissions, a model that unwittingly pits the working class against environmental action while doing little to actually stem emissions at the source, notes Eco Watch.

As revealed by a report from “Food And Water Watch,” the carbon tax in British Columbia produced results contrary to the expectations, with greenhouse gas emissions from taxed sources rising by 4.3 percent between 2009 to 2014, writes Food And Water Watch.

Such indirect, “free-market” approaches of mitigating climate change hog the share of straightforward efforts that should go into regulating emissions and hence are beginning to elicit milder resistance from the oil and gas industry.