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‘Polluters must pay’: UN chief calls for windfall tax on fossil fuel companies

By Oliver Milman and Julian Borger

20 Sep 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

As the UN chief put it: we are gridlocked in colossal global dysfunction. This article looks at António Guterres' recent speech, in which he called for developed nations to tax the global "polluters".

Countries should impose windfall taxes on fossil fuel companies and divert the money to vulnerable nations suffering worsening losses from the climate crisis, the United Nations secretary general has urged.

António Guterres said that “polluters must pay” for the escalating damage caused by heatwaves, floods, drought and other climate impacts, and demanded that it was “high time to put fossil fuel producers, investors and enablers on notice”.

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