UK to block EC carbon tax

The Government has guaranteed itself a rough ride with many of its EC partners following its announcement on 26 May that the UK will not accept the proposed EC carbon/ energy tax. The move is almost certain to set back the international effort to curb global warming.

The Government's policy shift on the carbon/energy tax was disclosed to a House of Commons Standing Committee on EC legislation on 26 May by the Paymaster General at the Treasury, Sir John Cope.

Until now, the UK has been saying that it remained to be convinced that the tax was either necessary or appropriate. But it was put under pressure to get off the fence on 23 April when Energy and Environment Ministers from all other EC states agre

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