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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

French Constitutional Council rejected carbon emissions tax

On December 29, 2009, the French Constitutional Council rejected a tax on carbon emissions, finding that there were too many exemptions for polluters in the plan. The tax, set to go into effect January 1, 2010, was part of the 2010 Finance Act and was intended to reduce carbon emissions in order to slow climate change and to modify the tax collection system in France. The tax was set at 17 euros per ton of emitted carbon dioxide, but the court found that 93 percent of industrial emissions would be exempt.

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