Carbon Taxes Make Ireland Even Greener


Elisabeth Rosenthal
Taxes on garbage and fossil fuels are part of Ireland’s novel strategy to shrink its debt. Video by Elisabeth Rosenthal on Publish Date December 28, 2012. by Derek Speirs for The New York Times.

DUBLIN — Over the last three years, with its economy in tatters, Ireland embraced a novel strategy to help reduce its staggering deficit: charging households and businesses for the environmental damage they cause.

The government imposed taxes on most of the fossil fuels used by homes, offices, vehicles and farms, based on each fuel’s carbon dioxide emissions, a move that immediately drove up prices for oil, natural gas and kerosene. Household trash is weighed at the curb, and residents are billed for anything that is not being recycled. ... Read more about Carbon Taxes Make Ireland Even Greener

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