Tackling the Climate Emergency:Economic and judicial instruments

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Re: Tackling the Climate Emergency:Economic and judicial instruments

Post by Bird on a Fire » Wed Oct 06, 2021 1:34 pm

Austria's Conservative-Green coalition are introducing a carbon levy:
Austria will implement a carbon levy of 30 euros per tonne next year as part of an overhaul of the tax system that officials said on Sunday would reward behaviour that helps protect the environment while cutting corporate and income taxes.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose conservatives govern in coalition with the Greens, called the package which will provide a cumulative 18 billion euros ($21 billion) of tax cuts through 2025 the biggest tax revamp in modern Austrian history.

The carbon levy will start in mid-2022 and rise to 55 euros per tonne in 2025.

The government will cushion the blow of higher travel and heating costs via regional "climate bonuses" of 100 euros per year for urban dwellers and up to 200 euros for people who live in the countryside, where public transport is less available.
https://www.reuters.com/business/energy ... 021-10-03/

They're using the money raised to drop corporation tax and higher income brackets, while also reducing health insurance costs and increasing child benefit.

So forward-thinking Conservatives can also achieve their policy goals (cutting taxes for corporations and the wealthy) alongside introducing Paris-compliant measures - it needn't be an opportunity available only to the left. It's just a shame, for right-wingers and indeed the world, that so many conservative governments around the world hitched their wagon instead to denying science and trying to keep a dying industry on life support.
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Re: Tackling the Climate Emergency:Economic and judicial instruments

Post by bjn » Wed Oct 06, 2021 2:33 pm

That is somewhat regressive, it they made it revenue neutral and just handed the tax back on a per capita basis it would be much more effective and equitable. With a setup like that, markets can work wonders.

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Post by Bird on a Fire » Fri Oct 08, 2021 4:21 pm

BREAKING NEWS

UN Human Rights Council overwhelming votes to approve motion to recognise "clean, healthy and sustainable environment" as a fundamental human right! This could be big!

Just seeing tweets so far, e.g. https://twitter.com/duycks/status/1446465731592327202
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Post by Bird on a Fire » Fri Oct 08, 2021 4:22 pm

42 yes
1 no (Russia)
3 abstentions (China, India, Japan)

No great surprises there. Nice to the see small, poor, extra-vulnerable nations who've been backing this get a win.
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Post by Bird on a Fire » Sat Oct 09, 2021 10:55 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... -law-firms

Fossil fuel companies are losing huge sums of money to pay lawyers defending environmental cases.

And in general they're on the back foot and losing ground rapidly. Activist lawyers and citizens' movements are chucking a fair bit of grit in their wheels.

Plus, that's a lot of top lawyers wrapped up in setting precedents and understanding technical arguments from the inside out. Every now and then, some of them realise they've made more than enough blood money and semi-retire to the feel-good side. I heard some of them talking at the ClientEarth summit last week. They can achieve a lot of leverage because they know where to stick the levers.
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