Odd that a country like Oz in which economic reform has been such a buzzword, in which economists have, over the last generation had so much influence, have had so little impact on doing something so obviously sensible, which is to move as far as possible from the taxation of ‘goods’ to the taxation of ‘bads’.
It’s hard to detect any ideological patterns here. The Nordics do a bit better than the Anglosphere, if you correct for their larger than usual tax take (which would mean their green tax revenue would be a substantially higher proportion of GDP than suggested in the graph to the left).
There’s also a few of the more newly industrialising economies on the right hand (good) side of the graph – like Turkey and Korea and the Eastern European countries. Perhaps they’ve got more advice from economists. Who knows?
But I wish we scored better than we do.