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Climate economists may favor heavier fuel taxation. This is to drive up prices and limit their use. But this is obviously not the case for everyone. The example of the Terra Nova think tank is telling in this area.
The members of the latter worked on pump prices in France. They propose an interesting solution: that of flexible taxes. The idea is to “tax less” fuels when prices are high “and more in the event of a decline”we read in a note from the group.
Quentin Perrier, climate economist, estimates that with this system, the price per liter would not have exceeded €1.73/L. He pursues :
“In the event of a surge in international prices, the tax rate could decrease, in order to mitigate the impact on prices at the pump. Conversely, the tax rate would increase when prices fall, in order to preserve the incentive to decarbonize.”
A legal scale
This would be accompanied by a legal scale, defined each year in the finance law. The latter would therefore automatically fluctuate the rate of taxes on fuels, depending on the price of the barrel. It could be adjusted weekly.
This would avoid difficulties already seen during the establishment of a similar project, with the “floating TIPP” between 2000 and 2002, under the Jospin government. Each change in taxation had to be voted on by Parliament. This was then complex and slow to pass on to service stations.
In any case, we can “consider”according to the organization, that government pump rebates “would not have been necessary”. Modulating taxes would have had a less significant impact on public finances. The solution to high prices at the pump?
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To sum up
The Terra Nova think tank is proposing flexible taxation on fuels. It’s about taxing less when prices are high and vice versa. An idea which is not new in France and which would have made it possible to calm prices without costing the government dearly.
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