The Prime Minister of France is urging the European Union to impose a punitive import tax on goods from countries such as Canada that refuse to sign on to a tougher second phase of the global warming deal.
Dominique de Villepin said countries that do not commit to new targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions should not be allowed to benefit by avoiding the costs associated with reducing global warming. He said France would make specific proposals for the European Union to discuss in the new year.
Environment Minister Rona Ambrose was not aware of the details of the French proposal, a spokesman said, but opposition MPs said it shows Canada is increasingly viewed as an environmental laggard on the world stage.See:
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