So business travellers won’t have to pay the tax…
So business travellers won’t have to pay the tax…
Bonkers idea #1 : The report recommends using something called the “Happy Planet Index” rather than GDP as measure of wellbeing. This has been devised by the New Economics Foundation – the home of some of wonk-land’s maddest ideas.
The HPI is a composite index. To give you a flavour of the objective nature of the index you should understand that Iran scores 53 on the HPI and the United States of America only 28. Must be all those public executions that make them so happy in Iran. Maybe the women are smiling under their burqas…
Bonkers idea #2 : Dizzy is worked up about the Zero-Carbon dildo idea in Zac’s magazine, one bonkers idea that didn’t make the report.
Guido has selected for voting some of your Green tax cut proposals that seemed workable:
- Big Jock Knew: Weight based transport tax – skinny people pay less for train and aircraft fares as they burn less CO2 transporting them.
- AntiCitizenOne said… The ultimate green tax-cut would be a No-children tax credit. No people, no anthropomorphic. Go on, it’s for the children!
- Anonymous said… Give tax cuts to people who fart into emissions capture devices.
- Barry said… Human Excrement tax credits for those who donate their human waste to facilities that turn it into energy. See here and here.
Winning proposal gets a copy of the Little Red Book of New Labour Sleaze.
- Travel by conventional rail contributes as much to global warming as travel by car
- Over a 600 km sector, travel by high speed rail is as environmentally unfriendly as air travel
- Cars are more fuel efficient than planes or trains. Cars are greener.
Trains are heavy, get their energy inefficently down wires where much of the energy is lost and are fundamentally a nineteenth century point-to-point technology belonging to a slower era. Cars are light, fuel efficient, and a liberating, flexible form of transport suited to modern life. Greens hate them so much because they are ideologically opposed to capitalist modes of consumption. So why are the Tories giving headspace to this anti-Car, anti-Air travel nonsense with their penalty tax proposals?
It must be “Green Loon Day“ today – the LibDems have just released (on recycled paper) a 46 page plan for a “Zero Carbon Britain”. Which is a bit scary since we are carbon-based life forms.
Exempt bicycles and insulation from VAT was one suggestion. Maybe windmills should be VAT exempt, along with watermills and solar panels too. Sailing yachts are very environmentally sound, exempt them while we are at it…
Suggestions in the comments please…
*“Best” defined as whatever Guido likes.
If, as with Guido’s family, there are three countries you call home, it is particularly penal. Short of slowly sailing around Western Europe with a horse and cart in the hold, Guido is going to have to pay a lot of “green taxes”. Will it change his behaviour? No, it will just cost more. Will it make a blind bit of difference to the condition of the planet? No.
Gummer and Goldsmith (in particular) are obssessed with reversing the modern way of life for the many and returning us back to some romanticised peasant life. If they didn’t have the carbon emissions bogeyman the environmentalists would make something else up to further this aim. This is just another racket giving eager politicians an excuse to raise taxes.
The obvious problems with his new obssession do not appear to have entered the mind of the wonk. Ignore the small possibility that food security worries could replace energy security worries. “Biodiesel is a complete scam because in the tropics the growing demand is causing forests to be burnt to make way for palm oil and similar crops” says Professor Roland Clift, the professor of environmental technology at Surrey University, who sits on the scientific advisory council of Defra, David Miliband’s environment department. He calculates “that the land will need to grow biodiesel crops for 70-300 years to compensate for the CO2 emitted in forest destruction.”
Clift also condemns Miliband’s plan to produce British biodiesel from rapeseed, because the crop generates copious amounts of nitrous oxide – an apparently even more powerful global warming gas than CO2. So to summarise Miliband’s plan, burn down developing world forests or plant noxious crops on formerly food-producing British land and bugger the food miles just so we hit his target of 3% of garage sales being renewable energy.
There is strong evidence that carbon levels lag the rise in temperature. Two-thirds of our planet is water covered, as temperatures rise the seas release more carbon dioxide. The amount released by that process dwarfs the amount released by humanity. Plato argued that in order to keep a stable social structure, societies need a Noble Lie. In Plato’s mind, the Noble Lie is a religious lie that’s fed to the masses to keep them under control and happy with their situation in life. It seems to Guido that the Green movement is propagating a Platonic-style Noble Lie – we are doomed unless we give up our cars and planes. In reality rising temperatures are far more likely to be a result of solar activity cycles.
We were both on a radio show last year and Guido accused her of believing in an anti-human ideology. When we came down to it, she admitted that yes, she did think the planet had too many humans on it. That to Guido is the essential problem with Greens, they want things that no sensible person would not want, such as clean air and water, a safe and sustainable environment – but the priority is “Earth First“, humans second. With new eco-technologies we don’t need to go back to living in the Stone Age as they advocate. Green extremists are using the common desire for a cleaner planet to further an anti-capitalist, anti-human agenda. Humanity is not a problem.
Why the focus on international aviation which produces 0.1% of global carbon emissions?
UPDATE : Found that radio show MP3, Recess Monkey, Guido and Sian on The Knives Are Out.
At the start of the election campaign there was widespread condemnation of the Tories’ anti-Gypsy agenda, so Guido is shocked to see that amongst the bills rushed through by the government at the end of parliament was a bill to criminalise the picking of magic mushrooms by druids, hippies and pagans.[…] Read the rest
The government today announced it was making raw magic mushrooms an illegal drug in Britain for the first time. The move is in today’s Drugs Bill published by the new Fat Controller, Home Secretary Charles Clarke. Currently it is legal to pick and eat the fungi whilst dancing around semi-naked at Stonhenge or Glastonbury.[…] Read the rest