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(Putting the burden on the poor slobs who need their cars to go to work? This just illustrates the futility of trying to prevent climate change under capitalism. Just as the city and the countryside have to be reintegrated in order to overcome the metabolic, the same need exists for establishing transportation systems that rely on electricity generated by alternative energy sources. Does anybody think that a Green New Deal can solve these problems under capitalism? If so, there's a bridge in New York City that I'm willing to sell them at a discount.)

“Like everywhere else, the question in France is how to find a way of combining ecology and equality,” said Bruno Cautrès, a researcher at the Paris Institute of Political Studies. “Citizens mostly see punitive public policies when it comes to the environment: taxes, more taxes and more taxes after that. No one has the solution, and we can only see the disaster that’s just occurred in France on this question.”

“Higher taxes on energy have always been a hard sell, politically,” said N. Gregory Mankiw, an economics professor at Harvard University and advocate of carbon taxes. “The members of the American Economic Association are convinced of their virtue. But the median citizen is not.”

full: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/frances-protesters-are-part-of-a-global-backlash-against-climate-change-taxes/2018/12/04/08365882-f723-11e8-863c-9e2f864d47e7_story.html
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