21 Feb '13, 3am

In a blow to Republican and Australian Coalition rhetoric, China announces plan for a carbon tax via @grist

When Marco Rubio says that America “is a country, not a planet,” he’s saying that we don’t need to bother cutting pollution because we’re not the worst offenders. If China, which burns nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined , isn’t trying to limit its pollution, why should we? Rubio’s wording may be unique, but his rhetoric isn’t — it’s a key argument for the Republican Party. As long as China’s emitting unchecked carbon pollution, why can’t we? Premier Hu Jintao meets with President Obama. Well, so much for that argument. From Xinhua , the official press agency of the Chinese government: China will proactively introduce a set of new taxation policies designed to preserve the environment, including a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, according to a senior official with the Ministry of Finance (MOF). The government will collect the environmental protection tax...

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