Diesel Tax To Cut Down On Cancer-Causing * France
* France - Raising Diesel Tax to cut down on Cancer-causing exhaust
(Photo: Urban air pollution kills more than 5,000 people per year in France)
Paris,France -iTech Post, by Lois Heyman -Mar 4, 2013: -- European drivers are not strangers to diesel engines (not just for trucks), but a new French tax on diesel cars may change that. French Environment Minister, Delphine Batho, is backing legislation that will introduce higher taxes on diesel fuels, citing health concerns about the fuel type’s pollution... The current tax rate on diesel makes it 20 cents cheaper per liter (0.26 gallon) than gasoline. The new tax would make equal the rates for both fuels, and generate 8 billion euros ($11 billion) for the French government... Diesel fuel is considerably more efficient than gasoline, because each gallon of fuel holds more energy, and because diesel engines are intrinsically more efficient than their gasoline counterparts. But a report released in June from the World Health Organization classifies diesel exhaust as carcinogenic, specifically stating that exposure to diesel fumes causes lung cancer... About 80 percent of the French car-fuel market comes from diesel. And last year, about 73 percent of new cars sold in France were diesels, reports Bloomberg. And the numbers are still rising, as seen in fuel demand. Diesel grew 7.5 percent in 2012 to 38.1 million metric tons, while gasoline fell by 6.5 percent to 7.3 million tons...