France Protest Not About Climate Change
Peter Lucas, like Donald Trump, misunderstands the “yellow vest” protest in France (“Macron’s anti-global-warming policy puts a match to Paris,” Dec. 14). While it’s true that a gas tax intended to cut greenhouse gas emissions triggered the revolt, it is emphatically false that the yellow vest movement opposes government action to address climate change. The leaders of the yellow-vest movement have made this clear in their communications, calling the transition to clean energy a “vital issue” and an “indispensable cause.”
Macron’s ham-handed attempt at a gas tax hike, on top of already high gas prices and cuts to taxes on the wealthy, was regressive and probably would not have reduced emissions in rural areas. The protest is about the economic injustice of a tax program, but it is not an indictment of climate action.
People in low and middle-income brackets shouldn’t have to bear the cost of greening the global economy. But give the French some credit for taking proactive measures to address a rapidly deteriorating global climate situation. That’s more than you can say for the cretinous climate deniers in Washington, D.C.