Former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard
has introduced his final proposal for a carbon tax, which was one of the star measures announced as "Grenelle de l'environnement
." Called "Contribution climat-énergie," the proposal will charge CO2
emitters €32 per metric ton in 2010. This climbs up to €100 in 2030 and then to €200 in 2050. Translated into the automobile world, this corresponds to an increase in fuel prices of about seven percent for and nine percent when it comes to diesel
. This will increase the average French motorist's costs in fuel by about €82 a year for gasoline, €58 for diesel. Remarkably for a tax increase, opinion surveys in France are showing a positive response to the measure: 42 percent of French resondents accept the new tax, with an additional 20 percent stating that they were very positive on it.
[Source: Alternatives Economiques