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This suggestions are not really new and the reasonable ones won't make it to come through, maybe the kerosene tax, but EU wide harmonisation of gas taxes?

The taxing of cars proportionally to CO2 emissions is wonderful if it would mean taxation proportional to CO2 emissions, but that is of course not what he really means. Fuel taxes are proportional to CO2 emission. Car taxes are never. A gas guzzler driven 25 km a week emits much much less CO2 than a more reasonable car driven 500 km a week. Unfortunately this rubbish is the only thing which Tiefensee really can do.

But the real issue are not gas taxes. The real issue is the lack of taxes on oil consumption outside the traffic sector. Just recently I read, that a representative of the German real estate business said, oil prices are not yet high enough that it would be a good investment to reinsulate older houses. But here clearly the 'ecological movement' has a strong bias against cars. Other waste is doesn't matter.

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by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Thu May 29th, 2008 at 12:28:37 PM EST

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