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SOUTH AFRICA MOVING TO CARBON DIOXIDE TAX

March 18, 2011: "SA moves to finalise carbon tax this year, despite global loose ends", by Terence Creamer, Mining Weekly, Bedfordview, Johannesburg, South Africa.

"Questions were also posed about the benefit to being an “early mover” in adopting carbon taxes, particularly given that South Africa’s Copenhagen offer to reduce emissions had been specifically tied to commitments of financial and technical support from rich countries, which had not been forthcoming.

"But Morden (Head of tax policy, Cecil Morden) warned that South Africa could not afford to adopt a wait-and-see approach, notwithstanding the lack of progress on reaching a globally binding accord. He also cautioned that a number of countries were already considering border tax adjustment policies, which could result in the imposition of taxes on products imported from countries not participating in global emissions reduction agreements.

"Momoniat acknowledged that South Africa was grappling with “hard choices” and that a balance would be sought between environmental obligations and South Africa’s growth and development plans. “But we have decided that we need to act ...”

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ICSC Editor's Note: Governments at all levels in many countries continue to proceed with expensive and useless carbon dioxide reduction schemes, even while their publics are becoming increasingly aware of the disconnect between such policies and the realities of climate science. This situation will continue for some time to come because of the inertia (backed by colossal financial support) of the climate scare, momentum that has built up over the past two decades as political leaders across the world established large and complex climate bureaucracies dedicated to "solving the crisis".

As ICSC Chief Science Advisor Professor Bob Carter writes in his book, "CLIMATE - THE COUNTER CONSENSUS" , the world now "has innumerable national greenhouse offices, ministries of climate change, state greenhouse offices, specialist climate change sections within government departments, bureaus of meteorology, national and international science organizations with climate alarmist views [ed: often not shared by their scientist members], and an untold number of climate change research groups, organizations and lobbyists. What it does not seem to have is measurable human-caused climate change."

Over the next week, ICSC will release its non-partisan, science-based strategic plan aimed at countering this damaging trend. Our goal is to "expand the tent" of supporters of climate realism to include citizens of all political and philosophical persuasions. CHECK BACK TO THIS HOME PAGE EARLY THIS COMING WEEK FOR MORE!