Beware the C02 Cops!
What ever the science of global warming the "alarmist" hysteria of the media and the Gores is useful to corrupt politicians, power hungry bureaucrats and statists of all varieties. Any time the public is off in hyperspace over some threat, imagined or real, it is lolly time for the groups just mentioned. They immediately go into top gear pushing for measures that give them more control over the lives of others and which allow them to confiscate more income from individuals to be used for their social engineering projects.
The fact is that most of these vermin don't really give a damn about global warming and what might happen to the planet in a century or two. They won't be here. What they do care about is the here and now and how they can use an "alarming" situation to their own benefit.
In the Belgian French-speaking province of Wallonia -- the French seemed genetically predisposed to bad ideas -- the politicians have decided to impose a new tax. Surprise, surprise. Politicians who find excuses for new taxes! Will wonders ever cease?
They have now decided that if you have a barbeque you are committing a C02 crime against the future planet. Now it is okay to commit this CO2 crime provided you pay a tax to do so. So for 20 euros per day you can go ahead and barbeque. How that helps the planet remains to be seen but it isn't meant to help the planet it is meant to increase taxes.
And if you think you can just rustle up some coals on the sly they are spending taxpayer funds to buy helicopters with thermal monitors that will fly over homes trying to catch pirate cooks. No doubt if caught they will force you to pay vast fines on top of the new tax. I wonder if these will be solar powered helicopters? Oh, well with politicians it's do as I saw not as I do.
One of the unstated problems of the warming alarmist politics is related to this issue. They argue that the planet is in danger. Second, Co2 is responsible. Man, is responsible for the CO2. Anything that therefore emits CO2 is open to political controls in order to save the planet. Almost everything human's do has some impact on CO2 emissions. Therefore almost everything that humans do is now open to political control. If you don't surrender your life to their micromanaging skills you are a planetary terrorist.
H.L. Mencken once wrote: "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." He didn't know the half of it.
UPDATE: One source claims that this story, as reported in the press, is not accurate and that the local officials deny they passed such a law. Numerous other news sources continue to report it as fact. It was suggested that this is an April Fool’s Joke. If so I can’t find any reports of it on April 1st. So I can’t say with certainty at this time. One small outfit says it is not true and several, including major ones, say it is.
The point made, however, remains valid even if a specific example of it is not. There are hundreds of similar ideas to tax activity by the CO2 police. New Zealand tried to pass a tax on cows for belching since the belch contains methane which is a “greenhouse” gas. It was no joke. Only a massive public response got the Labour government to back down. Normal light bulbs are being target by the Nanny Statists now. Of course cars, electricity, planes, etc are all targets. You are allowed to walk without being taxed at this time.