Europe vs the Carbon State

Climate Change is an issue that is rarely left out of the Geography classroom. In some ways, it may appear as though it’s been talked to death, but when you consider things that some countries are trying to do to address global warming and what others are intentionally not doing, it becomes hard to ignore.

In this article from PlanetSave, there is good news in that Norway has implemented the highest carbon tax in the world for its offshore oil producers, nearly doubling the previous amount. In doing so they also set out the following:

The announcement is part of a comprehensive “Climate Agreement” provision within the national budget plan for 2013. The budget will:

increase funding for climate research
increase funding for sustainable technology development
increase energy use requirements in building regulations
increase funding for public transport
increase funding to prevent deforestation
increase funding to assist developing countries to exploit renewable sources “instead of using fossil energy sources”
prioritize public transport, including increased funding for footpaths and cycle paths
increase CO2 taxes for passenger vehicles, along with incentives for public transport, in order to “reduce private automobile use”

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At the same time, it appears the Americans have no desire to make any dramatic change, according to the article:

By contrast, on September 21, the US House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 3409, called ‘the worst environmental bill in history,” which proactively seeks to prevent greenhouse gas reduction and any measures to mitigate against climate change.

The details are to be found in the article itself. Take into account also Mitt Romney’s promise to have America energy independent in a few years. These sorts of policies will certainly lead the way for unbridled fossil fuel energy development in the coming years. Make of this what you will.

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