Delphine Batho on ecology, the carbon tax, her project
Delphine Batho's measures concerning ecology, the carbon tax, as well as her project during the environmentalists primary of 2021 in view of the presidential election of France in 2022.
We must stop the artificialization of soils, prevent the upcoming construction of 15 ecommerce warehouses, the installation of 5G, the deployment of digital advertising.
Carbon tax :
You need an individual carbon quota to limit the use of the plane. The potential carbon tax should have been increased when the price of barrels of oil was low. The carbon tax must support the energy transition, while supporting the poorest households. We need a break with consumerism, advertising, the carbon tax is the minimum starting point.
We are not in favor of increasing the carbon tax under current conditions. It is the archetype of public support for economic growth. It was mainly used to levy a levy on the household budget for the benefit of reducing corporate taxes.
The carbon tax is the liberal green washing version of the ecology recovered by the system which came out to make it a hold-up on households for the benefit of reducing corporate taxes, created in this context in law of finance 2014. 7 million people are in fuel poverty, the price increase will not help them trigger a change in behavior, they do not have a plan B for car use. We need carbon quota terms rather than tax mechanisms because some households generate 6 tonnes of carbon per year while others generate 40.
50 years ago, the Rome club wrote about the limits to growth. The paradox is that then we are in an absolute emergency situation, with a transformation to be organized within an extremely rapid timeframe, environmentalists no longer remember this idea of degrowth which aims to restore a balance between the living climate. and human necessities and which brings about a joyous, happy transformation, to place human well-being at the center of all decisions as well as the regulation of inequalities.
All decisions in France are based on an indicator called the gross domestic product, this indicator does not say anything about what is important in life, our state of health, our level of education, our quality of life, our job satisfaction. On the other hand, it is destructive because for the GDP to increase, the consumption of oil must increase, the consumption of raw materials must increase.
Thinking that we can solve the dramatic situation of ecological issues with the growth of the GDP is like wanting to put out a fire with a flame thrower instead of a fire extinguisher. The decrease is the extinguisher. It is the break with consumerism and productivism. Growth is the negation of planetary limits. We must raise hope, a movement of entrepreneurs, a movement on the ground to change the model.
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