Forget the carbon tax for now

It's politically toxic. There are other ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions

PARIS • The angry graffiti have been blasted off the Arc de Triomphe with water jets, leaving unnaturally white patches scarring the base of France's national monument. The husks of incinerated cars have been cleared from the streets, the glass from shattered store windows swept up. The government has taken steps to appease the demonstrators, and they may be working.

With a bit of calm upon us, now would be a good time for those concerned about climate change to engage in some introspection.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 29, 2018, with the headline 'Forget the carbon tax for now'. Print Edition | Subscribe