Labour opposes EC proposals for carbon tax

The Labour Party has revealed that it is opposed outright to the European Commission's proposals for a carbon and energy tax. A Labour victory at the general election could spell an end to any hope of the EC going to the crucial UN Conference on Environment and Development in June with an agreed strategy to combat global warming.

The Commission's proposals, issued last September, would involve a combined energy and carbon tax to raise the price of energy by the equivalent of $10 per barrel of oil by the end of the century. They were the central feature of a draft EC strategy to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas (ENDS Report 200, p 34).

An agreement in principle on the taxation measures is widely regarded

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