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WTO Considering Carbon Tariffs On Emission-Heavy Countries


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Germany announced that a French notion to charge “carbon tariffs” on items from countries that will not reduce greenhouse gases is a form of “eco-imperialism,” and an obvious breach of WTO rules.

The subject of greenhouse tariffs has been faced with vehement opposition from countries like China and India, who depend on affluent countries to purchase their products as they develop their economies.

Matthias Machnig, Germany’s State Secretary for the Environment, said on Friday that the French urge for Europe to charge carbon tariffs on imports from countries that disregard carbon emission regulations would be a burden to the international community.

“There are two problems — the WTO (World Trade Organization), and the signal would be that this is a new form of eco-imperialism,” Machnig said.

“We are closing our markets for their products, and I don’t think this is a very helpful signal for the international negotiations.”

Germany announced that a French notion to charge “carbon tariffs” on items from countries that will not reduce greenhouse gases is a form of “eco-imperialism,” and an obvious breach of WTO rules.

The subject of greenhouse tariffs has been faced with vehement opposition from countries like China and India, who depend on affluent countries to purchase their products as they develop their economies.

Matthias Machnig, Germany’s State Secretary for the Environment, said on Friday that the French urge for Europe to charge carbon tariffs on imports from countries that disregard carbon emission regulations would be a burden to the international community.

“There are two problems — the WTO (World Trade Organization), and the signal would be that this is a new form of eco-imperialism,” Machnig said.

“We are closing our markets for their products, and I don’t think this is a very helpful signal for the international negotiations.”

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