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Reinfeldt pushes for carbon tax in Europe

AFP/The Local · 10 Jun 2009, 07:30

Published: 10 Jun 2009 07:30 GMT+02:00

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Sweden, which will assume the rotating EU presidency next month, introduced such a tax on carbon dioxide as far back as 1991, deeming it an inexpensive way of helping the environment without resorting to costly new infrastructure and technology.

The move has proved very effective, Reinfeldt told reporters during a trip to Brussels.

Reinfeldt, who was presenting the priorities of his country's six-month term at the EU helm, did not specify any suggested tax level, adding that Sweden would be re-evaluating that point itself.

"It puts a price on carbon emissions. It gives the signal in a market economy on what to reduce and it works," he said.

Reinfeldt said such a policy, already in place in another three EU nations, was particularly pertinent at this time of economic crisis and recession when governments are complaining about a lack of resources to tackle climate change.

Most eco-friendly tactics involve "much more investment, much more pressure on the EU budget," he said.

It is under the Swedish EU presidency that the bloc will finalize its joint position for international talks on climate change in Copenhagen in December.

The goal is to forge a global deal to tackle global warming after the existing Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.

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The 27 EU nations in 2007 committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020.

That broad commitment was translated into national targets last December.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:13 June 10, 2009 by Muad'Dib
What an excellent idea!

It's high time that the heinous capitalists were finally punished and paid for polluting our environment.
17:20 June 10, 2009 by ahanderson
Here is my question. With every program, you need a follow up to evaluate wether is has worked or not. The direct impact of that program. This seems to be an issue government tends to forget. I am all for improving the environement, however, I do not agree with programs that are not evaluated. This to me is irresponsible.
19:24 June 10, 2009 by Jive Turkey Daddy
More control by the ''powers''....another stealth tax.

Lets all hold our breath more then because we will be taxed next for the carbon dioxide we produce!

It is no joke that they plan to tax farmers for their animals f*rts! Research it yourself.

Great point above...wheres the impact evaluation? And where will the money go to....off shore to a central EU or world bank, thats where.

For every great science mind you can roll out to ''prove'' carbon is the cause of global warming - another equally great scientist can be brought out with a credible alternative 'theory' ....

Whoever has the most money to sell their theory gets the highest position to shout from....and media backing. Even the president of the Czech Rep Vaclav Klaus has come out and said its a myth...

F.R. needs to watch ''The Great Global Warming Swindle'' documentary on google video, from Channel 4 in the UK....the ex head of Greenpeace is in it...very interesting opinions.
21:29 June 10, 2009 by whattodo?
Carbon tax is rediculous. Based on lies, designed for the bankers to profit. What is Reinfield doing and why? He is representing the elite and the EU agenda, not the people and Sweden. He appears as if he is possess, or has been hit in the head. Global warming is a big lie.... it is unseasonable cold in many parts of the world.

Once again, another good reason to seriously research the true effects of the EU and its agenda's. They are based on dominance and control.
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