KOMMONSENTSJANE – EUROPE IS PROPOSING A BORDER CARBON TAX. WHAT IS IT AND HOW WILL IT WORK?

If you can get the cooperation that you need – it can be done; but, the worst polluters will not comply because it will hurt their economy (not naming names – they/we know who they are).

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Europe Is Proposing a Border Carbon Tax. What Is It and How Will It Work?

Supporters say it could pressure other countries to take stronger climate action. But this novel tool could be tricky to implement.

Container terminals in Hamburg, Germany. The border tax, which wouldn’t take effect till 2026, is aimed at leveling the playing field on carbon emissions.

By Brad Plumer

Published July 14, 2021 Updated July 19, 2021

The European Union’s sweeping new plan to tackle climate change includes a proposal that if adopted could be the first of its kind: A carbon tariff on imports from countries that aren’t taking similarly aggressive steps to slash their own planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

Carbon border taxes, which have been debated for years, are intended to solve a basic problem. If a single country tries to impose policies to cut emissions domestically, it runs the risk that, for instance, its steel and cement factories will face higher costs and be at a disadvantage to foreign competitors with looser environmental rules. If steel and cement production shifts overseas as a result, that would undercut the climate policy, since those foreign factories would be emitting just as much or more carbon dioxide elsewhere.

In theory, a carbon border tax could help prevent that undercutting. If factories all over the world that wanted to sell steel, cement, aluminum or fertilizer to the E.U. had to pay a surcharge for the pollution they emit, they would have incentive to clean up their act too. Companies within Europe would have less incentive to shift operations overseas. And, if other countries adopted similar rules, that could put pressure on nations that are reluctant to curb their use of fossil fuels.

But skeptics say a carbon border tax could prove challenging to implement while angering Europe’s major trading partners, including Russia and China. The E.U.’s proposal is an early test case of whether this idea can succeed.

The idea could also spread. In the United States, Democrats on Wednesday proposed their own version of a tax on imports from countries that lack substantial climate policies as part of a $3.5 trillion budget plan. While that proposal is far less detailed than the E.U.’s plan, it’s a sign that climate policy is increasingly becoming interwoven in trade policy.

“It’s still an open question of whether border adjustments are the best way to spur global cooperation on climate change, or whether other approaches might work better,” said Brian Flannery, a visiting fellow at Resources for the Future, a think tank in Washington. “But now that Europe has a concrete proposal on the table, we can start having a serious discussion about how this might work in practice.”

How It Would Work

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The ArcelorMittal steel mill in Zelzate, Belgium, is experimenting with hydrogen instead of fossil fuels for use in their furnaces.Credit…Kevin Faingnaert for The New York Times

The details of the European Commission’s proposed “carbon border adjustment mechanism” are laid out in a 291-page document.

Right now, most industries in the E.U. are covered by a program that charges polluters for the carbon dioxide they emit. Known as the Emissions Trading System, the program sets a cap on overall emissions and steadily tightens that cap over time. Large polluters must procure permits for every ton of carbon dioxide they emit, and the number of permits dwindles over time, driving up the price. Currently, the price of those permits is nearly $60 per ton, giving European companies a hefty financial incentive to cut emissions.

The E.U. is now proposing to tighten that cap further, while phasing out the number of free allowances it has long given to industries exposed to trade competition, like steel. The aim is to help slash the E.U.’s overall greenhouse gas emissions 55 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

To meet that target, many of Europe’s industries may have to make drastic and costly changes. Steel producers like ArcelorMittal are experimenting with ways to use hydrogen instead of fossil fuels in their furnaces, though they warn that such upgrades could cost tens of billions of dollars.

That’s where the proposed carbon border tax would come in. Companies abroad that wanted to sell cement, iron, steel, aluminum, fertilizer or electricity to the E.U. would also be required to pay that price for each ton of carbon dioxide they emit in making their products. The idea would be to level the carbon playing field.

The border tax would not take effect until 2026. European officials are proposing a phase-in period where they would try to figure out how the border tax would work in practice, giving time for other countries to prepare.

The countries that would potentially be most affected include Russia, Turkey, China, Britain and Ukraine, which collectively export large amounts of fertilizer, iron, steel and aluminum to the European Union. The United States sells significantly less steel and aluminum to Europe, but could also see an impact.

Challenges Ahead

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Ore for the manufacturing of steel on barges in the Beijing-Hangzhou Canal in Changzhou, China.Credit…Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Implementing a carbon border tax could face several complications.

For one, companies hoping to sell certain goods to the European Union would need to monitor and verify the emissions associated with making their products. If countries can’t or won’t do that, the E.U. would impose its own price. Experts say that such verification is possible, but can be tricky.

What’s more, countries such as the United States, China and Russia have all objected to the border carbon tax, raising the prospect of retaliatory tariffs and trade wars. Countries may also try to mount challenges to the border adjustment at the World Trade Organization, although European officials say they are working to ensure the rules will withstand to legal objections. (Among other things, they are calling it an “adjustment” and not a “tax” for legal reasons.)

The European Union has backed down on similar proposals before. A decade ago, European officials wanted to charge foreign airlines taking off and landing in Europe for the carbon pollution they produce. But the E.U. scrapped the idea after heavy pressure from the United States and China.

European officials have left open the prospect that they could negotiate individual trade agreements with different countries that obviate the need for carbon tariffs, particularly with nations that are moving to adopt climate policies. But the details would need to be worked out.

The E.U. proposal still needs to be negotiated among the 27 member countries and the European Parliament before becoming law. While many E.U. companies, such as steel producers, support the idea of a border adjustment, they are less keen on losing their free allowances under the current carbon-pricing program, since that would force them to make more drastic changes to their businesses. That dispute could complicate domestic negotiations.

There is still a great deal of debate among experts over how effective the E.U.’s carbon border adjustment will ultimately be, said Johanna Lehne, a Brussels-based senior policy adviser at E3G, a research and advocacy group that works on climate policy. But, she said, officials saw the policy as vital for addressing fears that the E.U.’s climate policies could place the continent at an economic disadvantage.

“It sends a real signal that the E.U. is serious about trying to decarbonize these industrial sectors,” she said. “And they’re trying to find an answer to a lot of those domestic political concerns.”

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KOMMONSENTSJANE – HERSCHEL WALKER HAS BLUNT MESSAGE FOR OLYMPIC ATHLETES PROTESTING.

It has been a mystery to me why anyone who dislikes a country – as some do – would want to represent them as an athlete and bring home a prize. Why not represent a country where you would be proud to represent it. Those who do this protesting only tells me they are mixed up in the noggin. I don’t want anyone representing us if they hate the country.

My opinion is – if they conduct themselves in this manner – kick them off the team. Even though they won – why would we want a loser representing us? Someone could easily take their place. A lot of money is spent on training these losers.

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Herschel Walker Has Blunt Message For Olympic Athletes Protesting

Andrew Holleran

7/25/2021

Former NFL running back turned potential United States Senate candidate Herschel Walker has shared his opinion on Olympic athletes protesting.


Earlier this year, an athlete at the United States track and field Olympic trials protested during the national anthem in Eugene, Oregon.

At the start of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, multiple women’s soccer teams took a knee before the start of the match.

While the Summer Olympics have banned certain protests, many athletes are still finding ways to show where they stand. Walker isn’t a fan of it.

“This is the United States of America, and if people don’t like the rules here — and there’s no doubt we can make some things better — but if people don’t like the rules here, why are you here?” Walker told Fox News.

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A lot of locals/foreigners would love to take their place.

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KOMMONSENTSJANE – Fauci wants you masked, Google wants you gagged. SHAME/SHAME.

DR/SENATOR PAUL – They took down my videos that detail the entire paper trail of Fauci’s involvement with funding the Wuhan lab – turns out Dr. Fauci has some friends in big tech.

(I published a blog during President Trump’s time in office and stated that Pelos gave Fauci the money who gave it to a group in NY and they gave it to the Wuhan lab to develop this virus to take us all down – it is called “depopulation.” So, Google – you and your employees are included in that take down – so why are you helping Fauci?)

After I questioned him on his blatant lies about NIH funding for gain of function research, Google came after me! They took down my videos that detail the entire paper trail of Fauci’s involvement with funding the Wuhan lab. They called it “medical misinformation!”

(Shame on Google.)

This is ridiculous.

✅ I used basic NIH definitions of gain of function research.

✅ I provided documentation.

✅ I presented the facts.

And Google responds with… censorship.

(Google – come on and put the information back in – be fair.)

These are wild times. These big tech giants are willing to work as an arm of the federal government to protect the bureaucracy. Free speech be damned.

(Google – you are part of what makes the Constitution work.)

Fighting for the truth has truly never been more difficult or more important.

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And all of us need to be fighting together – Google.

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KOMMONSENTSJANE – FAKE ELECTION AUDIT CONDUCTED BY TRUMP ENEMY – DOCUMENTS SHOW.

If this is so – someone needs to go to jail and be thrown out of office. Why aren’t these companies verified before they start the audit to prove they are legit? Are Repub’s that lazy in that they trust the Dem’s?

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7/25/2021


Fake Election Audit Conducted By Trump Enemy, Documents Show

(RoyalPatriot.com )- A new report just revealed that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger may have faked an audit of the state’s election results in November last year. The shocking revelation came after a Freedom of Information Act request was made by Kevin Moncla.

The report from The Gateway Pundit reveals how, prior to the forensic election audit currently taking place in Maricopa County, Arizona, a number of firms initially chosen to perform previous audits of the election were not certified as they had claimed. A further report revealed that one of the unreliable firms chosen by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, “Pro V&V,” was also used by Raffensperger in the November 2020 “audit” that he claimed proved there was no election fraud.

The results of the audit by Pro V&V were pushed heavily by Raffensperger to dismiss claims of fraud and misconduct by former President Donald Trump, and issued a statement claiming that the firm had “found no evidence of the machines being tampered.”

In the statement, which you can read in full here, he added that his office is pleased that the audit showed the use of voting machines in the state was an “unqualified success.”

But those claims are now in question, following Moncla’s Freedom of Information Act request. He filed the request after realizing that an actual audit report had never been publicly published. After the Freedom of Information Act request finally came back, Moncla was given three documents. The first was a memo from Pro V&V which outlined the work that they had been requested to perform, the second was an email communication from the office of Brad Raffensperger approving the work outlined in that memo, and that third document was an “audit report.” The document, however, was dated July 16, 2021.

Which is significantly later than November 2020…

It means that the document was actually created by Jack Cobb, the owner of Pro V&V, this month.

You can see the document here.

The question now is…is Brad Raffensperger in on this? Was the report completely faked? And did an audit even take place?

All the more reason to hire reputable and independent forensic audit companies to produce a full audit of Georgia’s 2020 election results…

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They never stop cheating.

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