Doh! A Green Tax that Businesses Won’t Have to Pay

Guido intended to read the 547 page Quality of Life Report to extract and highlight some of the expected more bonkers policy suggestions. Fortunately others are doing it for him.
Bonkers idea #3 : Over at the Coffee House Fraser Nelson has spotted this corker, applying VAT to short-haul flights. “Has it occurred to either of them that VAT is reclaimed by anyone on business trips, so this would only hit the small people on their holidays?”

So business travellers won’t have to pay the tax…

Digesting the Greens

Just skimming the Gummer-Goldsmith Quality of Life Report. It is hard to swallow. Some of it is plain bonkers. Prima facie the 547 page document means that Michael Foot’s 1983 Labour party manifesto is no longer the “longest suicide note in history”
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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.

Competition : Vote for Best Green Tax Cut

Guido has selected for voting some of your Green tax cut proposals that seemed workable:

  1. Big Jock Knew: Weight based transport tax – skinny people pay less for train and aircraft fares as they burn less CO2 transporting them.
  2. 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!
  3. Anonymous said… Give tax cuts to people who fart into emissions capture devices.
  4. 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.

Cars are Greener than Planes & Trains

Back in 2004, Lancaster University’s Professor Roger Kemp, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Engineering, produced a report for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, on the environmental impact of high-speed rail versus air and car travel. He used the example of the London to Edinburgh route to illustrate his findings. The conclusions were startling and rather annoying for the car hating Green fundamentalists.

With electricity generated from fossil fuels:

  • 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.

Source : www.engineering.lancs.ac.uk/research/download/Environmental impact.pdf

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?

Huhne : “Ban Petrol Cars”

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.

Huhne also wants to ban petrol cars within a generation (by 2040). How he has changed from his days as a City slicker when he drove about the Square Mile in a big black petrol guzzling BMW 7 Series, with the self-effacing number plate “H11HNE”. He now drives a greenish poseur politician’s electo-petro Toyota Prius hybrid. The only green vehicle is a bike, like Boris has…

Competition : Suggest a Green Tax Cut

Lets have some suggestions for Green tax cuts in the comments. Guido might even dig out a prize, say a copy of the Little Red Book of New Labour Sleaze for the best.*

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.

Gummer-Goldsmith Green Taxes

If like Guido you remain resolutely unconvinced that the world is about to suffer climate catastrophe because of man-made carbon emissions, the idea of slapping “green” taxes on everything that moves just looks like an excuse for more taxes. The truth of this is evident in that they don’t propose to cut taxes on less carbon intensive modes, which would incentivise their uptake.

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.

Miliband’s Bio-Fueled Foolishness

The news that Miliband either wants to take a massive amount of food-producing farmland in Britain out of the food supply chain and turn the land into bio-fuel producing zones or alternatively he wants developing world nations to plant bio-fuel producing crops bemuses Guido .

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.

Too mad for further comment. Guido is off to eat a steak to save the environment, since cows are the biggest source of greenhouse gases on the planet, the more steaks Guido eats, the better. Soaks up the wine too…

GuyNews : Irish Elections

It is election day in Ireland today. The Green Party are expected to do well, in small part due to this rather good advert. The small Progressive Democrat party, according to some, is going to get wiped out. Guido thinks they will survive.

See it on GuyNews.TV.

Is it Sunny or Windy in Kirkcaldy?

Imagine the scene: Gordon is brainstorming* at a secret meeting in Victoria, London. With him are his trusted acolytes, Wilf, Damien and Ed, Konrad is bringing in a tray of tea and biscuits. How are they going to turn Brown green in the face of Cameron’s successful “Vote Blue, Go Green” strategy?

Having matched him on the kids front they can’t allow Gordon to be out-flanked on the green agenda. “Get a bigger windmill, that produces more energy and shows you are more green” suggests Ed. No says McSnide, it’ll look like you are just copying Dave. Wilf, ever the practical wonk, suggests solar panels instead. “Genius!” they all cheer.

Solar panels in Kirkcaldy? Now Guido has not travelled to Scotland to test this, but suspects it probable that it is fact more sunny in Notting Hill and more windy in Kirkcaldy. Just a thought…
*Nothing to do with chronically debilitating cluster-headaches which are said to affect victims of eye-injuries in certain circumstances.

Climate Change : Solar Sourced or Carbon Based?

Climate change denial is bonkers, the evidence shows that in recent history temperatures have risen, but the argument that carbon causes climate change seems to be based on suspect science. Nevertheless the Greens have chosen to blame carbon emissions for causing climate change because of their supernatural hatred of industrialisation, the automobile and urbanisation, derived partly from their misty-eyed romanticisation of peasant life. It suits their political objectives to blame carbon emissions for climate change.

With the collapse of socialism and communism as plausible belief systems many of the former adherents have shifted into the Green movement. Green issues like clean air, pure water and high quality food command wide support across the political spectrum and even amongst the unpoliticised. Anti-capitalist extremists have hijacked these populist issues and now control the Green movement’s wider agenda – that is the claim made by Patrick Moore and he should know, he co-founded Greenpeace. He believes that “one of the most pernicious aspects of the modern environmental movement is the romanticisation of peasant life. And the idea that industrial societies are the destroyers of the world. The environmental movement has evolved into the strongest force there is for preventing development in the developing countries. I think it’s legitimate for me to call them anti-human.”

 

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.

Huhne Wastes Paper

Four press releases from the LibDem’s eco-warrior Chris Huhne on environmental issues today. Do you think he is a bit miffed that Al Gore saw Cameron, praised Gordon and ignored him?

Sian’s Smile Masks Totalitarian Agenda

Guido has met Sian Berry, the Green party’s candidate for London mayor, she is charming and pleasant. She just happens to believe that there are too many humans on the planet.

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.

Dave : Read My Lips “No Cheap Trips”

It is alright for Cameron to go jetting about on Michael Spencer’s private jet as and when required, but us proles tend to hop on to Easyjet and Ryanair.

Often when Guido flies down to the Maison Secondaire the tax is far more than the ticket.

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New Labour Attacks Pagan Minorities

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

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So It Begins : Clarke Starts Crackdown on Druids

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

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