A British Sunday newspaper reported that the government could levy new "green
taxes" to halt climate change.
The Mail on Sunday said in early editions Saturday that it had obtained a letter
written puportedly written by Environment Minister David Miliband, to the
treasurer, Gordon Brown, which called for higher taxes on cheap airline flights,
fuel, and high-emission vehicles.
The government should "increase the pace of existing tax measures, broaden them
into sectors where incentives to cut carbon emissions are weak and identify new
instruments to drive progress in tackling greenhouse gas," the newspaper quotes
the letter as saying.
Low-cost airline flights are an area a five pound (US$9.50; €7.45) increase in
taxes, would raise 400 million pounds (US$760 million; €600 million) a year, the
report said. The letter recommends that the government explore a "substantial
increase" in taxes for ...