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July 15, 2008

Talk about Your Gas Tax!

From the U.K. Telegraph:

The price of meat, milk and other British farm products will have to rise to reflect the environmental cost of producing them, a government study has concluded.  

A Cabinet Office review of food policy suggests that farmers and consumers should pay extra for farm goods that generate large amounts of greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide.  

The proposal, the latest in a string of "green" plans that threaten to increase the cost of living, drew accusations that ministers were imposing taxes and regulations in the name of environmental policy.  

The paper also attacks supermarkets' "buy-one-get-one-free" discounts, saying they contribute to households wasting more than four million tons of food a year.

The 124-page Food Matters report promises that ministers will pay greater attention to farming's contribution to global warming, and suggests consumers will pay the price.  

Methane is produced by the digestive processes of livestock, while nitrous oxide is released by many agricultural fertilisers. Scientists say both contribute to global warming, along with carbon dioxide (CO2). The report estimates that farming accounts for as much as 12 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions.

In other words, a flatulence tax.

I could say something but that would be like grafitti on the Mona Lisa -- I can only stand (or, in this case, sit) in awe of perfect self-parody.

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Rick Arand

Is this merely a humorous example of ridiculous governmental meddling in a foreign nation or a harbinger of things to come in the U.S.?

There are plenty of whack jobs in our country salivating at the chance to impose similar regulations and taxes here. Most of these global warming quacks aren't worried about having to alter their own lifestyles. They make up the rules, in their favor, of course, to ensure that they don't have to pay for any expensive carbon offsets or make any drastic changes in the way they conduct their businesses. But then they don't have any businesses unless you count the profits they make from peddling their snakeoil to the masses a business.

This cozy arrangement allows them to maintain their palaces and fuel their private jets without experiencing the pain their stupid ideas will inflict on the rest of us. And they certainly don't mind punishing "evil" corporations that balk at toeing the enviro-nuts party line.

Pardon me for my failure to be amused by this story. I believe this is where we are headed unless the climate change Chicken Littles are kept from implementing their twisted vision for an eco-friendly America.

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