posted on Mar, 13 2007 @ 01:39 PM
Taxing Us for Breathing
Real Clear Politics
Monday, March 12, 2007
Last week, the New York Times published an extraordinary editorial complaining that "Right now, everyone is using the atmosphere like a municipal
dump, depositing carbon dioxide free." The Times editors suggested that the government "start charging for the privilege" by imposing a "carbon
We all knew it would eventually come to this: the New York Times thinks the government should tax us for breathing.
Of course, the editorial was supposed to be aimed at big corporations who build coal-fired power plants--but why should the logic stop there? Right
now, eight million people are walking around on the streets of New York City heedlessly inhaling precious oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide, treating
the skies over their fair city "like a municipal dump, depositing carbon dioxide free." Shouldn't they be forced to pay for the "privilege,"
And the connection is a logical one, because the generation of power by industrial-scale power plants is as much a vital activity as breathing.
So, the good ol' state of New York wants to tax people for emitting carbon dioxide into the air when we breathe now... Wow.
Well, what they
don't tell people is that carbon dioxide feeds plants and trees and trees and plants in turn produce oxygen.
You see, while it is true that humans do pollute the environment, carbon dioxide is not necessarily the worst thing that is thrown into the atmosphere
by man. If we want to preserve the environment, why don't they crack down on chemical plants? The toxic fumes that emerge from chemical plants are
What is the government going to require us to do next? Pass emissions tests?