[Marxism] France’s protesters are part of a global backlash against climate-change taxes - The Washington Post

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Dec 5 07:09:56 MST 2018


(Putting the burden on the poor slobs who need their cars to go to work? 
This just illustrates the futility of trying to prevent climate change 
under capitalism. Just as the city and the countryside have to be 
reintegrated in order to overcome the metabolic, the same need exists 
for establishing transportation systems that rely on electricity 
generated by alternative energy sources. Does anybody think that a Green 
New Deal can solve these problems under capitalism? If so, there's a 
bridge in New York City that I'm willing to sell them at a discount.)

“Like everywhere else, the question in France is how to find a way of 
combining ecology and equality,” said Bruno Cautrès, a researcher at the 
Paris Institute of Political Studies. “Citizens mostly see punitive 
public policies when it comes to the environment: taxes, more taxes and 
more taxes after that. No one has the solution, and we can only see the 
disaster that’s just occurred in France on this question.”

“Higher taxes on energy have always been a hard sell, politically,” said 
N. Gregory Mankiw, an economics professor at Harvard University and 
advocate of carbon taxes. “The members of the American Economic 
Association are convinced of their virtue. But the median citizen is not.”

full: 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/frances-protesters-are-part-of-a-global-backlash-against-climate-change-taxes/2018/12/04/08365882-f723-11e8-863c-9e2f864d47e7_story.html


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