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Compromise at Last on Germany's Ecotax (November 24, 1999)

ENDS article on Germany's mineral oil tax and a compromise made between Germany and the State of North Rhine Westphalia for its reform.

Netherlands Allocates Climate Commitments (June 23, 1999)

ENDS article on the strategy developed by Dutch ministries for CO2 emissions reductions, relying heavily on the flexible mechanisms in the Kyoto protocol, using energy taxes in a "reserve package" of measures.

British Energy Levy Under Renewed Attack (June 11, 1999)

London Edition article on a proposed energy tax which has come under criticism from the environmental commission, calling for a carbon tax, and engineering companies, who threatened to move overseas.

More Japan Firms Support than Oppose 'Carbon Tax' (May 27, 1999)

Asia Pulse article reporting that 42.7% firms in Japan support a carbon tax, recognizing that it is necessary if the country is to achieve the rigorous green house gas reductions target imposed at the Kyoto conference.

Unice Warns Ministers off EU Energy Tax (May 25, 1999)

ENDS Daily article on the warning by European Industry, discouraging the EU from proceeding with a proposed energy products taxation directive.

EU Commission Urges Rapid Action on Climate Change (May 20, 1999)

Reuters article on the efforts of the EU to meet their Kyoto targets in greenhouse gas emissions, facing criticism from the US for focusing on energy taxes rather than tradable permits.

Distributional Aspects of an Environmental Tax Shift (March 1, 1999)

This study from the National Tax Journal shows that emissions taxes for cars would - in the long run - not create any appreciable additional burden for the taxpayer.

World Bank Wants Public Comment on Energy Policy (January 15, 1999)

World Bank seeks further review of its environmental strategy paper for the energy sector.

Anger as World Bank Tries to Rule Carbon Trade (November 13, 1998)

The Bank attempts to dominate the new market in emissions training.

Netherlands "Threatens" EU Climate Deal (July 20, 1998)

The Netherlands put pressure on the EU to introduce a "significant" energy tax.

MEPs up the Pressure for EU Energy Tax (July 7, 1998)

EU-wide taxes on energy use have been pushed by the European Parliament.

Energy Tax Plan Back on EU Political Agenda (July 6, 1998)

A EU-wide energy tax is back on the agenda.

German NGOs Call for More Eco-Taxes (April 28, 1998)

Energy taxes and environmental tax reform.

Climate Change Report Presented To The UK Prime Minister (April 3, 1998)

UK Business and Environment committee asks for consideration of a carbon tax and green tax shift.

Seeing Red Over Brown's Green Stance (March 23,1998)

The FOE Director offers a perspective on UK Minister's green tax stance.

Norway Government "Threatened" by CO2 Tax Row (March 19, 1998)

UK to Consider Industrial Energy Taxation (March 17, 1998)

UK Finance Minister Gordon Brown looks at green taxes.

German Greens Push For Big Petrol Tax Hike (March 9, 1998)

Carbon Taxes vs. Emissions Trading (April 17, 1998)

Analysis by Kevin Baumert of the differences and merits of each mechanism.

Optimal Carbon Tax Level Graph

Princeton Department of Economicsgraph demonstrating use of a carbon tax as an efficient regulating mechanism for reducing carbon emissions.

Toward a Real Global Warming Treaty (March/April 1998)

Excerpt from a Foreign Affairs article by Richard Cooper of Harvard University.

Dutch Green Plan Boosts Energy Taxation (February 2, 1998)

A new environmental policy plan proposes energy taxes to cut carbon dioxide emissions

Tax Shift Legislation in Vermont (1998)

Vermont's "Energy Plan And Greenhouse Gas Action Plan" (Bill H.0736) that proposes a $100/ton carbon tax.

European green tax shift far from reality (December 2, 1997)

Shell beefs up green moves (November 19, 1997)

Rare evidence of industry support for carbon taxes

UK NGOs issue environmental challenge (June 5, 1997)

Reducing Carbon Emissions: Interactions with the Tax System Raise the Cost (Summer 1997)

A discussion of how a carbon tax might affect the wider tax system. (Resources for the Future)

Energy-saving industry supports EU tax plan (May 26, 1997)

Global carbon tax could raise $1 trillion (May 12, 1997)

Report on Worldwatch Institute paper by David Malin Roodman

EU energy tax proposal emerges (March 13, 1997)

Economists call for carbon taxes (February 14, 1997)

EU energy taxes delayed (February 13, 1997)

Economic Instruments: Taxation (i.e. Carbon/Energy) (1997)

A discussion of the feasibility of carbon or energy taxes to reduce CO2 emissions. (OECD)

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