Just as Obama and the Democrats prepare to foist Cap and Trade on an unwilling nation, crippling our already struggling economy, France -- that paragon of European social democracy -- offers an example of pragmatism. From Investor's Business Daily:
Prime Minister Francois Fillon has indicated that his government will abandon plans to introduce a domestic carbon tax.
"We have to amplify measures that help reinforce the competitiveness of our economy," Fillon told the Reuters news agency. But what about all those green jobs? What about saving planet Earth from imminent planetary doom? Sacre bleu!
France would have been the largest country to impose a carbon tax as part of its efforts to tackle alleged man-induced climate change. It still hopes for an EU-wide tax, which would hamper everybody's economy. Unlike here, France prefers not to lead by example, hoping others will follow.
The French, for all their airy rhetoric and moral pretensions, have never failed to watch out for their own interests.