Mark Twain once said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody
does anything about it.” The same could be said of rising oil and fuel prices
of late. But at least one government appears to be taking some action.
French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said in a recent news
conference that the French government might give surplus oil tax revenues back
The Associated Press reported that the French government is going to set up an independent committee
this fall to examine how much surplus tax money the state has collected because
of rising oil prices.
“If it transpires that receipts are running ahead of those budgeted
for, the amounts will be handed back to those in France who have been most
directly affected,” Villepin said.
Villepin also called for further, unspecified, emergency measures to
help those most directly affected by oil price increases, including truckers,
farmers, fishermen and taxi drivers.