Green backlash spreads as French protest 'eco-tax'

Thomas Lifson
The decades-long run of environmentalists cloaked in holy righteousness is coming to an end, as the cost of their prescriptions comes due, while the fraud underlying the man-made global warming becomes obvious to all. France 24 reports:

At least 2,000 freight trucks blocked major highways across France on Saturday in a protest calling for the cancellation of an environmental tax on heavy loads. The protest comes despite government promises to suspend the so-called ecotax. (snip)

Protests over the "ecotax" on trucks, which aims to encourage environmentally friendly commercial transport, kicked off in earnest last month in the northwestern region of Brittany and eventually forced the government to backtrack and suspend the levy.

Despite the government's climbdown, protesters have continue to demonstrate for the complete scrapping of the tax, mostly in Brittany but also in other parts of the country.

Meanwhile, you may not have heard via the American mainstream media, but Australia's Prime Minister has introduced a bill to kill that nation's carbon tax. The BBC reports:

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has begun steps to scrap the carbon tax, introducing a repeal bill at the first meeting of the new parliament.

Mr Abbott, who was elected in September, had made revoking the controversial tax an election pledge.

The bill is not expected to pass Australia's Senate, where Abbott's party lacks a majority, but that will make it an issue in the next election cycle, as it was in the last one that brought Abbott to the prime ministership.

The important point here is that green policies have lost their automatic status as virtuous and are being fought against by those victimized by them. Globally.

 

The decades-long run of environmentalists cloaked in holy righteousness is coming to an end, as the cost of their prescriptions comes due, while the fraud underlying the man-made global warming becomes obvious to all. France 24 reports:

At least 2,000 freight trucks blocked major highways across France on Saturday in a protest calling for the cancellation of an environmental tax on heavy loads. The protest comes despite government promises to suspend the so-called ecotax. (snip)

Protests over the "ecotax" on trucks, which aims to encourage environmentally friendly commercial transport, kicked off in earnest last month in the northwestern region of Brittany and eventually forced the government to backtrack and suspend the levy.

Despite the government's climbdown, protesters have continue to demonstrate for the complete scrapping of the tax, mostly in Brittany but also in other parts of the country.

Meanwhile, you may not have heard via the American mainstream media, but Australia's Prime Minister has introduced a bill to kill that nation's carbon tax. The BBC reports:

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has begun steps to scrap the carbon tax, introducing a repeal bill at the first meeting of the new parliament.

Mr Abbott, who was elected in September, had made revoking the controversial tax an election pledge.

The bill is not expected to pass Australia's Senate, where Abbott's party lacks a majority, but that will make it an issue in the next election cycle, as it was in the last one that brought Abbott to the prime ministership.

The important point here is that green policies have lost their automatic status as virtuous and are being fought against by those victimized by them. Globally.