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UK chemical industry applauds government decision to freeze carbon price floor

4:42 PM MDT | March 19, 2014 | Ian Young

The UK chemical industry has welcomed the UK government's decision, announced today, to freeze the country's carbon price floor—a carbon tax—at 2015 levels for the rest of this decade. The United Kingdom, on 1 April 2013, became the first country to introduce a carbon price floor. The tax is designed to penalize polluters and encourage investment in low-carbon energy. However, the Chemical Industries Association (CIA; London) and bodies representing other energy-intensive sectors, say the tax has resulted in higher electricity prices and damaged the...

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