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FROM VOLUME 6, NUMBER 5, MAY 1993
over the proposed European Community carbon/energy tax has been
heating up recently, fueled in part by the Clinton
Administration's tax proposal (see next item). Although EC member
countries remain divided over the need for a uniform tax to
stabilize CO2 emissions, some recent EC studies show
not only that the tax is necessary, but it may not alone be
sufficient to stabilize CO2 emissions at 1990 levels
by the year 2000. For extensive analysis of the situation see
"March Events Mark Beginning of Critical Period for EC
Tax," Energy, Econ. & Clim. Change, pp. 2-5, Mar.
At a March meeting of EC environment ministers, Britain
opposed the tax proposal and was unwilling to lower its own
stabilization target to compensate for emission increases in
other (less developed) EC countries, creating another serious
roadblock to the EC tax proposal. The week before that meeting,
Britain's finance minister Norman Lamont proposed that his
country should apply its 17.5-percent value-added tax to domestic
energy use, and increase the tax on petroleum-based road fuels.
(See "VAT on Fuel is `Imperfect' Way to Cut Carbon," J.
Webb, New Scientist, p. 6, Mar. 27 1993, which discusses
several views on the proposal.)
Earlier this year, Britain's opposition Labor Party launched a
national energy-efficiency program linking reductions in CO2
emissions with long-term job creation (Intl. Environ. Rptr.,
p. 98, Feb. 10).
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