Paris riots show difficulty of fighting warming with taxes

French President Emmanuel Macron says the government will find a way to delay tax increases on fuel during periods when world oil prices are rising. (File/AP)
Updated 06 December 2018
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Paris riots show difficulty of fighting warming with taxes

  • The worst riots in Paris in decades were sparked by higher fuel taxes
  • People in India, Mexico and Indonesia have protested higher fuel prices in recent years

PARIS: The "yellow vests" in France are worrying greens around the world.
The worst riots in Paris in decades were sparked by higher fuel taxes, and French President Emmanuel Macron responded by scrapping them Wednesday.
But taxes on fossil fuels are just what international climate negotiators say are desperately needed to help wean the world off of fossil fuels and slow climate change.
Macron says he is trying to prevent the end of the world, but protesters say they're just trying to make it to the end of the month.
It's not just France. People in India, Mexico and Indonesia have protested higher fuel prices in recent years.
The anger highlights how difficult it can be to discourage fossil fuel consumption by raising prices.


China blasts ‘inhumane’ treatment of Huawei executive

Updated 10 December 2018
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China blasts ‘inhumane’ treatment of Huawei executive

  • The 46-year-old woman said she has been treated in a Canadian hospital for hypertension since she was arrested on December 1 for possible extradition
  • Wanzhou has filed court papers in Vancouver arguing she should be released on bail from her Canadian jail

BEIJING: China on Monday protested Canada’s “inhumane” treatment of an executive of telecom giant Huawei who is being held on a US extradition bid, citing reports she was not getting sufficient medical care.
Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, has filed court papers in Vancouver arguing she should be released on bail from her Canadian jail.
In a sworn affidavit, the 46-year-old woman said she has been treated in a Canadian hospital for hypertension since she was arrested on December 1 for possible extradition.
China’s state-run Global Times newspaper reported, without citing sources, that “it seems that the Canadian detention facility is not offering her the necessary health care.”
“We believe this is inhumane and violates her human rights,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular press briefing, citing such reports.