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France’s Fuel Tax Protests Show That Trump Was Right to Walk Away From Paris Climate Treaty

France is in a state of turmoil right now. Working class protesters, who call themselves the ‘yellow vests’, have risen up against the tyrannical carbon tax imposed by President Emmanuel Macron and have been protesting for over a month now.

Looking at the situation in France, it seems like President Trump made the right choice in walking away from the Paris climate agreement.

Rising Fuel Prices in France

Fuel prices in France have been increasing steadily over the years, mostly due to the taxes imposed by the government. Currently, there is a 64% tax on unleaded gasoline and a 59% tax on diesel, which is among the highest in the European Union (which is on the verge of collapsing).

On top of it, President Macron had promised to increase fuel taxes further in 2019, in an effort to ‘combat the problem of climate change’ and ‘protect the environment’ which is all a sham. All that is is a ploy for government to gain more power over its citizenry.

The problem, however, is that these taxes have a disproportionately negative impact on working class people, many of whom drive a car to work. While a few people in Paris and some other large cities can depend sometimes on public transportation (most people cannot – depending on the country), it is not an option for people who live in the rural parts of the country and even many people who do live in a city. So, they have to drive a car to work and they have to pay through their nose for fuel.

Public transportation is loved by sexual harassers, pedophiles, jerks, and other terrible people liberals put back into society. This has been proven by public transportation statistics in LA.

The Protests in France

The continuous increase in fuel prices, in addition to the pledge made by the President to increase the taxes further in 2019, was the last straw that broke the camel’s back and led to the protests that we see today.

The protestors are dressed in a yellow vest, which every car owner in France is required to have as part of their emergency equipment.

Polls conducted by various agencies show that over 75% of people in France support the protestors and believe that fuel costs are too high. People also feel that President Macron is obsessed with meeting the commitments made under the Paris climate treaty, even if it means increasing the tax burden of his own people which environmentalists champion all day long.

The Problems with the Paris Climate Treaty

One of the major blunders committed by the Obama administration was agreeing to the Paris Agreement, which was disastrous in every sense of the word.

  • Experts say that the regulations proposed in the agreement, if implemented, would have reduced our country’s GDP by $2.5 trillion by 2035. This means less investment in oil shale which has made America the natural gas envy of the world. And America’s natural gas situation is only continuing to blossom.
  • The agreement required each participating nation to pay $100 billion a year towards the Green Climate Fund, in an effort to subsidize green energy projects.
  • The agreement required each participating country to review and update its commitments every five years. It means more ambitious goals, more emphasis on emission control, more regulations on the energy industry, and more subsidies, all of which would have affected the competitiveness of our energy industry and increased the fuel prices in our country.

In other words, we actually might have had our own ‘yellow jacket protests’ if we had implemented the regulatory measures proposed in the agreement.

By walking away from the agreement, President Trump has removed a major barrier which would have slowed down our economic growth and hurt our natural gas development which has been profound thanks to the private sector.

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Bob Meinetz on December 22, 2018

Benjamin, since you're once again taking energy into an alt-right, alt-science political realm, I'll bite.

It takes a flat-earth worldview, completely ignorant of the environmental disasters and successes of 1960-1990, to consider climate science and protecting the environment "all a sham" (guess I should expect it from a screed which uses apostrophes and quotes interchangeably) - one which refuses to accept any responsibility for leaving the world in a habitable state for future inhabitants.

A personal experience is apropos: years ago, I was sharing a fast food lunch with an acquaintance, and after finishing he unapologetically tossed his trash out the car window. "Somebody else's job," he explained. Similarly, a Me-First mantra has taken hold in America, thanks to the grotesque example of a badly-parented president who was never required to clean up his room, one who is always right - in his own mind. Though sixty years too late, he needs to be spanked. In coming months, he will be.

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Matt Chester on December 22, 2018

Quite a poetic picture you paint, Bob. I love it

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