Real Climate Solutions, Sanctioning Non-Kyoto Governments
The French government has come up with an intriguing and long overdue policy proposal of taxing countries' goods whose government has not ratified Kyoto [more] – namely Annex I countries Australia and the United States. This presumably would compensate for their free rider economic behavior. Australia has signaled they are moving closer to ratifying Kyoto in practice if not in name [more]. Meanwhile the Swiss are pushing the golden bullet of climate change policy – a broad based international tax on carbon emissions. They propose that revenue be used for measures mitigating the effects of global warming. This is very similar to EcoInternet's own Lincoln Plan which further proposes tax increases are offset by tax reductions on employment. UK is to tax gas guzzling SUVs. And there is growing concensus in Nairobi that a Kyoto successor must come soone and include mandatory emission caps for all nations [more | more2] while being more flexible and taking into account historical emissions levels and allowing developing nations some allowance to reduce poverty. Clearly China is feeling the pressure to justify their policy as Chinese emissions are soaring.