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Don’t believe this could happen here? Tax on BBQing (updated)
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I'm sure at some point in their lives, people in Europe would have been shocked and surprised if someone even mentioned something this outlandish:
The government of Belgium's French-speaking region of Wallonia, which has a population of about 4 million, has approved a tax on barbequing, local media reported.

Experts said that between 50 and 100 grams of CO2, a so-called greenhouse gas, is emitted during barbequing. Beginning June 2007, residents of Wallonia will have to pay 20 euros for a grilling session.

The local authorities plan to monitor compliance with the new tax legislation from helicopters, whose thermal sensors will detect burning grills.
So we have the UK contemplating a one flight rule per family for aircraft use and the Belgians monitoring BBQs with heat sensing helicopters (yeah, no carbon footprint there, huh?).

It just gets more and more absurd daily.

UPDATE: And in the "don't believe it can happen here" category, all hail the US Supreme Court:
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency must consider greenhouse gases as pollutants, in a blow to the White House.

"Because greenhouse gases fit well within the Clean Air Act's capacious definition of 'air pollutant' we hold that EPA has the statutory authority to regulate the emission of such gases from new motor vehicles," the court ruled.

Led by Massachusetts, a dozen states along with several US cities and environmental groups went to the courts to determine whether the agency had the authority to regulate greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide emissions.

"The harms associated with climate change are serious and well recognized," said judge John Paul Stevens as the ruling was carried by five votes in favor to four against.

The Republican administration of US President George W. Bush has fiercely opposed any imposition of binding greenhouse limits on the nation's industry.
Prepare for a booming trade in cap and trade schemes, an area in which Enron was hoping to get involved before it exploded.
"It is a watershed moment in the fight against global warming," said Josh Dorner, spokesman for the Sierra Club environmental group.

"This is a total repudiation of the refusal of the Bush administration to use the authority he has to meet the challenge posed by global warming.

It also "sends a clear signal to the market that the future lies not in dirty, outdated technology of yesterday, but in clean energy solutions of tomorrow like wind, solar," he added.
Shorter version: Prepare to bend over and grab your ankles.

UPDATE II: As commenter Wolf reminds us:
[I]t was Congress during the Clinton/Goracle years that rejected Kyoto. So it’s a mystery why this is a "repudiation" solely of the Bush administration, which has done nothing except to carry on the status quo.
Good point.

UPDATE III: Speaking of Kyoto and "carbon trading schemes", EU Referendum points out:
Courtesy of The Times this morning, we learn that the amount of greenhouse gas pumped into European skies rose by up to 30 million tons last year despite the EU's pledge to lead the world in tackling climate change.

The paper cites EU commission figures which show that the much-heralded emissions trading scheme failed to achieve the cuts in industrial pollution needed to hit Kyoto targets. In 18 of the 27 EU countries, European companies and power generators produced 1.79 billion tons of greenhouse gas last year, largely because too many permits were issued under the scheme.
Sounds like most schemes run or administered by governments if you ask me.
 
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Dear God, that is utterly idiotic in so many respects. Your exactly right, monitor BBQing to reduce CO2 ....with a freeking copter? im sorry but that enter the realm of the politically incorrect world of being retarded.
 
Written By: josh b
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you sure this isn’t a late april fools joke? Or is it April 1st year round in the EU?
 
Written By: ChrisB
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It shows good progress for the Environmentalist religion, to have the state demand a tithe for burnt offerings.

Environmentalism will have to keep up with Europe’s other new age religion, though I predict that a merger of the two churches isn’t far off.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://mcphillips.blogspot.com/
Environmentalism will have to keep up with Europe’s other new age religion, though I predict that a merger of the two churches isn’t far off.
Neither European "church" will survive when they run up against Europes most aggressive growing religion- Islam.

 
Written By: shark
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Shark writes:
Neither European "church" will survive when they run up against Europes most aggressive growing religion- Islam.
They’ll survive long enough to make sure of an orderly transition, however. The "cult of death" will be particularly helpful in that respect.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://mcphillips.blogspot.com/
The failing of logic required for the Belgium’s intended meassure is absolutely staggering...
 
Written By: Scott
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Scott writes:
The failing of logic required for the Belgium’s intended meassure is absolutely staggering...
Oh, no, you don’t get it. The logic is absolutely perfect. It follows the premises as night follows day.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://mcphillips.blogspot.com/
It was an April Fool’s joke, and a good one at that.
 
Written By: DaveC
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Apart from the obviously stupidity in this tax – what about scouts bonfires etc. – I wonder hove much carbon dioxide the helicopter is letting out during patrole?
 
Written By: Jon Herstad
URL: http://idioten.blogspot.com/
It was an April Fool’s joke, and a good one at that.
If so a link would be appreciated. The article cited was published today by the news service cited. A little late for an April Fool joke.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
"The government of Belgium’s French-speaking region of Wallonia, ..., has approved a tax on barbequing"

There is a reason the inhabitants are called Walloons. If you tax BBQ in this country, you definitely risk a civil war, and I know which side I am on. You think the Tea Tax caused problems?
 
Written By: tmactual
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Well, I would note that this Russian web site is apparently the only site carrying the story. Perhaps some confirmation is needed before we make too much hay of it.
 
Written By: Aaron Harnly
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I guess we need to remind folks for the three millionth time (don’t exaggerate!) that it was Congress during the Clinton/Goracle years that rejected Kyoto. So it’s a mystery why this is a "repudiation" solely of the Bush administration, which has done nothing except to carry on the status quo.
 
Written By: the wolf
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If we need a new tax, I would propose a tax on “hot air” levied upon any politician who opens his mouth. That along with a tax on “bovine scatology” and ”idiotically” would allow the politicians to fund all governmental programs out of their own pocket.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
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Prepare to bend over and grab your ankles.
So when is it ok to make them take cover?

Do you have to wait for your children—and everyone’s children—to have a bleak future? Or just more bleak than it needs to be?

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
 
Written By: Tom Perkins
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I guess we need to remind folks for the three millionth time (don’t exaggerate!) that it was Congress during the Clinton/Goracle years that rejected Kyoto.
Yeah, but I have to ask, just to make sure myself... What party was in control of congress at the time? Was it pre-take back, or were the Repubs in control?
 
Written By: Scott
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Yeah, but I have to ask, just to make sure myself... What party was in control of congress at the time? Was it pre-take back, or were the Repubs in control?
It really doesn’t matter ... as I recall, the vote was something like 95-1 in the Senate and not much different in the House.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
It was an April Fool’s joke, and a good one at that.
Satire is not funnier when it can’t be told from the headlines.

They scan homes now warrantlessly for the heat signature of grow rooms, trying to catch pot producers. How is the headline McQ gave a stretch?

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
 
Written By: Tom Perkins
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Ahh. with such a hugely one-sided vote, no it doesn’t matter. However, had it been a close vote, it certainly would have mattered who control congress.
 
Written By: Scott
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If we need a new tax, I would propose a tax on “hot air” levied upon any politician who opens his mouth.
Okay, Mr. Fish… you beat me to the punch… this time.

Meanwhile,
I don’t know how you folks do it. But around here, two things occur at our barbeque.

The women are inside sipping wine and tossing salads.
The men are outside flipping flesh and tossing pints.

So wouldn’t eating uncooked vegetables offset any carbon footprints made by cooking meat?

I think so.
So I stand as I remain… golden.

Cheers.
And I’ll have mine crusted in garlic and cooked rare.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
URL: http://ceilidhcowboy.typepad.com/
So wouldn’t eating uncooked vegetables offset any carbon footprints made by cooking meat?
Uh no, old boy ... methane. Don’t ya see ... methane. The "end" result as they say.

Worse than CO2.
And I’ll have mine crusted in garlic and cooked rare.
OK now I’m hungry.

Imagine me now going into my backyard for a covert grilling session because my grilling tax hasn’t been paid.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
When grilling is outlawed, only outlaws will grill...
 
Written By: Scott
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Hmm... good example why a conservative replacement is needed for Bush in 2009. When one of the 4 libs resign, or maybe Mr. Finger-in-the-Wind Kennedy, another Scalia-like Justice needs to be appointed to take their place. Thank God Harriet Miers didn’t make it, if she had I bet if would have been 6-3 instead of 5-4.
 
Written By: John
URL: http://averagegayjoe.blogspot.com
"Worse than CO2."

Amen!

"When grilling is outlawed, only outlaws will grill..."

The best charcoal is made from the homes of politicians who vote for that sacrilege.
 
Written By: timactual
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McQ,

As suspected it was an April Fool’s joke. It got mentioned on the radio over here on April 1st (as a joke) but I couldn’t find a link to it until today.


 
Written By: Kav
URL: http://livingrealworld.blogspot.com

 
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