Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Lightbulb levy

The government woosed out and decided to place a levy on incandescent light bulbs as part of its new climate change strategy. If they had been as ambitious as they were a few years ago when they introduced the plastic bag tax then they would have followed the lead of Australia, Cuba and Venezuela by just banning the bulbs outright. It may sound like a big leap but the EU will ban them anyway in the next few years so why couldn't the Irish Government take the lead?

It may be an election issue. They may be afraid of annoying voters with accusations of a nanny state, but I think announcing an ambitious policy on climate change sounds a lot better than announcing a new tax .

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