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France ditches carbon tax as social protests mount
telegraph ^ | Mar 23, 2010 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard --International Business Editor

Posted on 04/01/2011 1:37:01 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday scrapped the country's proposed carbon tax and reshuffled his cabinet in populist tilt after suffering a crushing electoral defeat over the weekend, when his Gaulliste UMP party lost every region other than in its bastion of Alsace and the Indian Ocean island of Reunion.

The vote saw a resurrection of both the Socialist Party and the far-Right National Front, showing how the delayed effects of rising unemployment can change the political landscape long after recession has passed. The jobless rate has risen to 10.1pc, up from 8.7pc a year ago. A quarter of those aged under 25 are out of work.

The government said its energy tax was being postponed indefinitely in order not to "damage the competitiveness of French companies", fearing that it would be too risky for France to go it alone without the rest of the EU. Brussels has announced plans for an EU-wide tax, but the initiative already looks doomed


(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: carbon; carbontax; climatechange; eu; france; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; protests; tax

1 posted on 04/01/2011 1:37:04 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

hopefully we’re still more scrappy than the French.


2 posted on 04/01/2011 1:38:58 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: steelyourfaith

ping


3 posted on 04/01/2011 1:47:07 PM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Looks like Sarkozy is real nervous about Le Pen.


4 posted on 04/01/2011 1:48:41 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: NormsRevenge; steelyourfaith; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; tubebender; Carry_Okie; Brad's Gramma; ...

H/T to a Poster at JoNova on this Story!


5 posted on 04/01/2011 1:49:05 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Tsk, tsk. The French aren’t good liberals on the whole carbon/global warming issue.

Didn’t they hear Obama say we will bankrupt power companies, stop the rising of the oceans, let the planet heal, etc.????

Didn’t they take to heart Nancy Pelosi’s comments that she has a planet to save????


6 posted on 04/01/2011 1:53:58 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Fractal Trader; Ernest_at_the_Beach; grey_whiskers; WL-law; IrishCatholic; Whenifhow; ...
Thanx for the ping Fractal Trader & Ernest_at_the_Beach !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

7 posted on 04/01/2011 1:55:35 PM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -- Wendell Phillips)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Plus they have 80% of their power from nuclear...EVIL!


8 posted on 04/01/2011 1:59:49 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
From FR:

>New Hampshire smacks down cap and trade

9 posted on 04/01/2011 2:01:37 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Hey, Sark, how about saving a few jobs by pulling out of that nutty war against Libya? Do you really need that expense, too?


10 posted on 04/01/2011 2:11:54 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ha, the rest of the world is waking up... our government... not so much


11 posted on 04/01/2011 2:13:59 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Touche’!!!


12 posted on 04/01/2011 2:20:30 PM PDT by SouthTexas (Tea time!)
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To: steelyourfaith

This article was from March of 2010...I assume Sarkozy is staying with it...why the Hell is this nonsense still going on in the UK , Australia and the USA?


13 posted on 04/01/2011 2:39:31 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Note the date.


14 posted on 04/01/2011 2:40:20 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: SouthTexas
Note the date...and we have this from Feb 2011:

Holland slashes carbon targets, shuns wind for nuclear

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In a radical change of policy, the Netherlands is reducing its targets for renewable energy and slashing the subsidies for wind and solar power. It's also given the green light for the country's first new nuclear power plants for almost 40 years.

Why the change? Wind and solar subsidies are too expensive, the Financial Times Deutschland , reports.

Holland thus becomes the first country to abandon the EU-wide target of producing 20 per cent of its domestic power from renewables. This is a remarkable turnaround from a state that took the Kyoto Agreement seriously and chivvied other EU members into adopting renewable energy strategies. The FT reports that instead of the €4bn annual subsidy, it will be slashed to €1.5bn.

15 posted on 04/01/2011 2:48:33 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: All
Guess I should put a link to the article at JoNova that is generating som good comments and Links:

prof-vincent-courtillot-speaks-with-clarity

16 posted on 04/01/2011 3:04:36 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: All
Back to mining the comments....this relates to Australia:

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Try winding back wind power when unions super funds are so involved

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Andrew Bolt Thursday, December 09, 2010 at 10:38am

Productivity Commissioner Gary Banks warns we really are in for a “tough time” if commentators are right and productivity reform under Julia Gillard is at a standstill.

He says we’d better free up the workplace laws a bit more and he also seems to warn against adding to the costs of our mining industry (with a new super profits tax?).

But most telling is this, about the ludicrous cost of green power schemes and other government measures to “stop” global warming:

Given the marked asymmetry between the costs and benefits of action by Australia - pending a significant global response - perhaps the strongest economic argument for carbon pricing is that it would displace more costly alternative measures targeted at particular products or technologies. If this were not achieved, the potential value of any new economy-wide instrument would be compromised. Unfortunately, most of the programs in question serve more as industry assistance than environmental assistance, and they will accordingly be difficult to terminate.

How damning that is of the Labor Government, that the best argument for imposing its promised carbon tax or trading system is that at least it might prevent something even worse - like what it’s doing already.

Banks’ is right about the difficulty of winding back some green-power technologies that cost far more than they’re worth. In fact, the problem is even more serious, given that the biggest investors in our wind power - an industry kept alive only by government subsidies, government-mandated green power quotas, and a government ban on cheaper nuclear power - are our union-dominated superannuation funds.

Allowing such huge investments of workers’ super in an uneconomic industry kept alive only by government patronage is the height of political stupidity and irresponsibility, and it will take an exceptionally brave government to wind back the assistance, which costs us so much and gains us so little, when the unions’ members have so much to lose.

(Thanks to reader Professor Frank.)

UPDATE

17 posted on 04/01/2011 3:11:45 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Siena Dreaming

“Looks like Sarkozy is real nervous about Le Pen.”

Le Pen is mightier than Le Sarkozy (in spite of the moving-to-the-middle trick). Possibly something Le Obama needs to think about.


18 posted on 04/01/2011 3:11:45 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: All; Fred Nerks
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19 posted on 04/01/2011 3:26:41 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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More from link at #19:

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See also:
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20 posted on 04/01/2011 3:40:06 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

STOP PRESS:

Leading politicians back “clean power from deserts”.
WORLD BANK GROUP: Over $5.5 billion in new investment for clean energy technology in the Middle East and North Africa region (TradingMarkets.com, 2009-12-10).
Morocco unveils $9 bln solar power scheme (Reuters, 2009-11-03). See also Morocco to take bids for first 500MW Saharan CSP plant (Recharge News, 2010-01-07).
The establishment of the Desertec Industrial Initiative was announced at a meeting in Munich on 2009-07-13. Founding members of the consortium are 12 blue-chip companies: ABB, ABENGOA Solar, Cevital, Deutsche Bank, E.ON, HSH Nordbank, MAN Solar Millennium, Munich Re, M+W Zander, RWE, SCHOTT Solar, SIEMENS. See also Joint venture DII established and ready to take up work (DII press release, 2009-10-30).

http://www.trec-uk.org.uk/

(LOOKS LIKE IT’S ALL ABOUT MIRRORS IN THE DESERT.)

The key technology for tapping in to the solar energy is ‘concentrating solar thermal power’ (CSTP), which means using mirrors to concentrate sunlight to create heat. The heat may be used to raise steam to drive turbines and generators in the conventional way or it may drive Stirling engines with generators. CSTP is very different from the better-known photovoltaics (PV, sometimes called ‘solar panels’) and should not be confused with it. However, in ‘concentrating PV’ plants (CPV), mirrors are used to concentrate sunlight on to special heat-resistant PV panels which convert the concentrated sunlight into electricity. As the price of PV comes down, it is likely to become increasingly important for large-scale generation of electricity in desert regions.


21 posted on 04/01/2011 3:43:58 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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For links above ...First go to this Link:

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Welcome to DESERTEC-Australia

22 posted on 04/01/2011 3:46:04 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Fred Nerks
Ha....Unions are heavily invested...right...at least in Australia?

How is that working out?

23 posted on 04/01/2011 3:49:20 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Fred Nerks

Damn....we have one of those going into California.


24 posted on 04/01/2011 3:53:22 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Next thing you know, France will threaten their tick population’s mandatory two-month paid summer vacations and 32-hour “work” week. If the government tries anything like that, France (basically the entire country) will certainly go “on strike”.

That is what happens in a socialist welfare state where nearly everybody works for the state, and everybody is unionized. It’s the Democrats’ wet dream, and what they desperately want for America in order to make themselves permanent incumbents.


25 posted on 04/01/2011 4:00:53 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Fred Nerks
Thanks......from your link:

Donations to help cover expenses will be very welcome.


Desertec-UK is part of the STOP CLIMATE CHAOS coalition
Stop Climate Chaos  
Last updated: 2011-03-31 (ISO 8601)
26 posted on 04/01/2011 4:01:00 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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Stop Climate Chaos Coalition © 2010 • Tel: +44 (0) 20 7802 9989 • admin[at]stopclimatechaos.org • c/o Oxfam, 232-242 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1AU
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland © 2010 • Tel: +44 (0)131 317 4112 • info[at]stopclimatechaosscotland.org • Ground Floor, 2 Lochside View, Edinburgh, EH12 9DH








27 posted on 04/01/2011 4:03:30 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Damn....we have one of those going into California.

I wouldn't worry about it. As California's economy continues its inevitable swirl down the toilet, the people there can meditate.

28 posted on 04/01/2011 4:05:58 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
...How is that working out?

NOT SO WELL!

Local resident and Australian Workers Union national secretary Paul Howes is convinced that if the Greens had selected another candidate they would have won the seat. "For sure they would have. While Verity [Firth] is a popular local member this should have been the election the Greens won Balmain convincingly. If they don't win it this time they won't win it in the future," Howes argues.

NEW SOUTH WALES PREMIER (LABOR PARTY) CONCEDES DEFEAT.

29 posted on 04/01/2011 4:11:36 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: Siena Dreaming
Looks like Sarkozy is real nervous about Le Pen.

National Front took close to 12% of the vote. Le Pen can no longer be dismissed as "fringe". In the next election Sarkozy's main worry is that he will be considered "neither hot nor cold" and people will shift to National Front.

"Moderates" do not do well when people are given a real choice.

30 posted on 04/01/2011 4:38:41 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

http://detnews.com/article/20110401/AUTO01/104010447/1361/Presidential-limousine—security-vehicles-exempt-from-fed—green—vehicle-policy


31 posted on 04/01/2011 5:05:57 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
The professor gave a rather interesting talk. Much of which we have seen echoed elsewhere over the past few years.
Regarding the French. The movement is on to start to think out what the carbon trading and taxing schemes really represent. Good for Sarkozy on this one.
32 posted on 04/01/2011 5:07:43 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
The Emperor has no Clothes:


There is a headline page on the Drudge Report:

Drudge Report: Obama's Limo and Government security verticals are exempt from fed 'green' vehicle policy

We knew all along that the Liberals and the Environmentalist were hypocrites with their bogus environmentalist agendas.
33 posted on 04/01/2011 5:15:41 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
" Ha....Unions are heavily invested...right...at least in Australia?

How is that working out? "


The " GEEN " energy scheme, the Environmental movement, and Carbon Indebtedness ( I mean, Credits ).


Environmental Ponzi scheme, has been all along... it's all about the money and who get's the money.
Environmental Ponzi scheme, has been all along... it's all about the money and who get's the money.
Environmental Ponzi scheme, has been all along... it's all about the money and who get's the money.
Environmental Ponzi scheme, has been all along... it's all about the money and who get's the money.
Environmental Ponzi scheme, has been all along... it's all about the money and who get's the money.
Environmental Ponzi scheme, has been all along... it's all about the money and who get's the money.
Environmental Ponzi scheme, has been all along... it's all about the money and who get's the money.

34 posted on 04/01/2011 5:22:25 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Fred Nerks
Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:

Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:

Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:
Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:

Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:

Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:
Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:

Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:

Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:
Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:

Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:

Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:
Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:

Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:

Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:
Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:

Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:

Environmentalism, Carbon Credits, The " GREEN " energy movement.... it's all about : For the love of money:

It's all a Liberal Ponzi Scheme...
It's all a Liberal Ponzi Scheme
It's all a Liberal Ponzi Scheme
It's all a Liberal Ponzi Scheme


Money, Money, Money
Money, Money, Money
Money, Money, Money
Money, Money, Money
Money, Money, Money
Money, Money, Money
Money, Money, Money



For the love of money-O' jays
35 posted on 04/01/2011 5:36:19 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Fred Nerks
In a stinging rebuff to the United Nations and its anti-poverty efforts, Eritrea, (just below Egypt on the Red Sea) one of the poorest countries in Africa, has told the world body that it wants out of its long-term development agreement because the U.N. makes the problem worse, not better. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2697361/posts
37 posted on 04/04/2011 6:31:28 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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