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Climate Change Policy Gap Between USA and Europe Grows, as Norway Sets New Carbon Tax

by Don Lieber Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Ignored in the Presidential debates -- climate change policies in the USA and Europe are diverting - wildly. Norway just set a new national carbon tax, while the US House of Representatives recently voted to ban CO2 regulations. Like we live on different planets.

In the latest example of the widening gap in climate change policies between the USA and Europe, the Government of Norway last week announced the world’s largest new tax on carbon emissions, stating in explicit terms its desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate against global warming — just two weeks after the US House of Representatives passed legislation which, to the extreme opposite, explicitly bans the regulation of greenhouse gas.

On October 8, the Government of Norway announced that it would nearly double the carbon tax rate for its offshore oil and gas production in 2013, setting one of the highest carbon tax rates in the world.

The announcement is part of a comprehensive “Climate Agreement” provision within the national budget plan for 2013. The budget will:

- increase funding for climate research increase funding for sustainable technology development

- increase energy use requirements in building regulations

- increase funding for public transport

- increase funding to prevent deforestation

- increase funding to assist developing countries to exploit renewable sources “instead of using fossil energy sources”

- prioritize public transport, including increased funding for footpaths and cycle paths

- increase CO2 taxes for passenger vehicles, along with incentives for public transport, in order to “reduce private automobile use”

By contrast, on September 21, the US House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 3409, called ‘the worst environmental bill in history,” which proactively seeks to prevent greenhouse gas reduction and any measures to mitigate against climate change.

The bill is explicit:

- it bans the EPA from ‘taking any action to address climate change”

- it bans CO2 emission regulations from power plants.

- it bans CO2 emission regulations from cars.

- it eliminates the EPA’s authority to regulate coal mining waste

This is in addition to other recent votes in Congress which:

- overturn the EPA’s scientific findings that climate change endangers human health

-eliminate language that acknowledges global scientific concerns about climate change
eliminate climate change education programs administered by the National Science Foundation.

-eliminate funding for EPA’s greenhouse gas registry
approve the Keystone “Tar Sands” Pipeline (Nebraska version) with exemptions from environmental concerns

-refuse to pay the EU-wide ‘airline carbon emission tax’ on carbon emissions

-ban the US from providing funding for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
prevent the United States from participating in climate negotiations.

The Norwegian carbon tax is the latest in an international trend to set national tax rates on carbon, due to the inability to achieve an internationally binding global tax. By 2013, 33 nations will have some form of national carbon taxes in place. (Note: Some ‘sub-national jurisdictions’ — taking matters into their own hands as national governments dither — have set their own carbon taxes, including British Columbia and California).

The opposite approaches to climate change policies between Europe and the USA — which means, by scientific definition, how these bodies choose to deal with greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels – must take into account the enormous influence of the fossil fuel industry in the United States Congress.

One of the leading proponents of banning the EPA from regulating fossil fuel emissions, for example, is Senator James Inhofe (Oklahoma) — the recipient of over $500,000 in contributions from the fossil fuel industries. The fossil fuel sector (Koch Industries, Murray Energy, et. al). is his single largest industrial financier.

In total, the fossil fuel industries — whose profit margins are directly threatened by increased greenhouse gas regulations — have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to US Congressional campaigns, the vast majority (75%, according to the Center for Responsive Politics) going to Republican lawmakers who are, in turn, at the forefront of banning greenhouse gas emission regulations.

The difference between the USA and Europe on climate change policies is illustrated, perhaps most simply, by the very use of language. Here’s what the European Union says about climate change on its official website:

“Preventing dangerous climate change is a strategic priority for the European Union.”

“Europe is working hard to cut its greenhouse gas emissions substantially while encouraging other nations and regions to do likewise.”

“Reining in climate change carries a cost, but doing nothing would be far more expensive in the long run.”

“The scientific evidence shows that the world must stop the growth in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020″

In contrast, the US House Republicans voted, in March 2011, to eliminate language which stated, simply, that “global warming exists“.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, during the Presidential debates watched by millions, have both proclaimed support for increased fossil fuel production — while the phrases “greenhouse gas” or “climate change” weren’t uttered — one time — by either candidate.

It’s almost as if Europe and the United States live on two different planets, governed by two different laws of science.

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hark, a parrot in the tree

by CO2 Jackals Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 at 9:53 PM

With the now dis proven "global warming" being revealed by a growing scientific community, not being paid by the IMF to parrot the mantra of "man made climate change" it becomes evident that real facts or science is not a factor in this project to yoke humanity to a tax on our very lives.
That's why every week or so we have another 'climate' piece posted here to forward the necessity of this crippling tax, which will drive fuel and food prices beyond the ability of marginal societies to survive.
De-population and revenue for the IMF, all in one green package.
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