Leaner and Greener EU Likely To Mean Higher Taxes

EU environment ministers meeting in Dublin Castle said current spending of 1 billion a day on imported oil while 420,000 EU citizens died prematurely each year from problems triggered by air pollution was not sustainable. In talks with the EU commissioner for climate change Connie Hedegaard and commissioner for the environment Janez Potocnik, environment ministers proposed "to transition Europe" to a "low- carbon, climate-resilient and resource-efficient economy". Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan said Ireland had shown the way in a number of respects, and pointed to proposals to bring in a new carbon tax on solid fuel by May 1st this year. Mr Hogan said this built upon other environmental taxes such as the changing of the way car tax was calculated from engine size to carbon emission levels, which he recalled had been inaugurated back in 2008. Speaking at a press co...

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