Archive | September, 2014

Does switching from Coal to Gas solves climate change?

Following on from my post about Coal, I thought I should comment on the spin from the Oil Industry from the UN meeting on climate change. Not surprisingly the line was that Coal should be the target and that a switch from Coal to Gas would reduce emissions. As reported in the Financial Times: Top […]

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Coal and Greening taxes while preserving social protection mechanisms

I wrote a post about green taxation and social protection and was fascinated to see reports that the Coal industry was claiming that campaigns waged against coal were “anti-poor” (see FT 26 September 2014). It is worth quoting in full : “If we are really serious about helping the impoverished, then we should be supporting […]

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Was admitting Russia to the OECD a mistake?

A few stories over the last few months have forced me to think again about whether OECD was right to admit Russia to the OECD and whether BIAC was right to support this proposal. I always felt uncomfortable about the process at the time, but the argument put forward was that a Russia within the […]

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International Tax and a yes vote in Scotland

A few thoughts on international tax issues if the Scots vote for independence. First, though I should point out that I don’t really care which way they vote, I just look forward to the issue not being discussed ad nauseam. There are a number of tax negatives for Scotland with a yes vote which are no […]

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