Popped in to see what the far left’s take is on the massive protests against the Macron govt’s attempt to curb carbon emissions by imposing more fuel taxes. Apparently, huge numbers of French people don’t like it.
In another thread, McGrumpy and I were discussing what measure we think may be required to rein in manmade climate change: [quote=“MrGrumpy, post:4210, topic:128260”]
That’s not required. Reducing fossil fuel consumption (and changing eating habits, i.e. consuming less meat and dairy) will go a long way toward mitigating temperature rise. In the short to medium term, energy costs will rise, but all that really does is price in externalities (which currently are not.) Most economist agree a carbon tax is probably the best solution to achieve that goal.
I still contend that it is going to take real effort and a lot of sacrifice to reverse climate change. And these protests seem to be a bad sign. It’s one thing to say we’re all ready to rally around the effort, it’s another when it costs you real money and crimps your lifestyle.