Resisting oil taxes

A French industry group takes the right approach to taxation of petroleum products. It publicly resists increases of oil taxes, which in France, as in much of Europe, are very high.The trade group is Union Française des Industries Pétrolières (UFIP), whose delegate-general, Jean-Louis Schilansky, recently spoke out against a plan by the French government to raise the levy on automotive diesel fuel. Schilansky voiced that position even though the increase would accomplish, however perversely, an association goal: bringing diesel and gasoline taxes into balance. Noting that his group generally dislikes tax increases on oil products, the UFIP official said the government would...

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