Friday, July 24, 2009

Germany calls French carbon tariffs idea "eco-imperialism"

Germany called a French idea to impose "carbon tariffs" on products from countries that are not trying to reduce greenhouse gases a form of "eco-imperialism" and a direct violation of WTO rules.

Matthias Machnig, Germany's State Secretary for the Environment, told a press briefing that a French push for Europe to slap carbon tariffs on imports would send the wrong signals to the international community.

The issue of greenhouse tariffs has met bitter opposition from developing countries such as China and India who count on the developed world to buy their exports as they build their economies. More...

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