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May 22, 2008

San Francisco Imposes Fee on CO2

As energy prices soar and the economy stalls, San Francisco bureaucrats provide their solution. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District's board of directors voted 15-1 to impose fees on businesses that emit carbon dioxide.

Carbon dioxide is a harmless gas that is highly beneficial to plant life. It is produced by literally all human activities, including breathing.

But not to worry: NBC says the fee is "modest" — though it "could serve as a model for regional air districts nationwide."

Ominously, "renewable energy expert" Daniel Kammen of U.C.-Berkeley gloats:

It's not enough of a cost to change behavior [i.e., prevent economically productive activity], but it tells us where things are headed.

The Soviet Union is going to look like a libertarian's dream of freedom and wealth compared to the dystopia being incrementally imposed on us in the name of the global warming hoax.

On a tip from mega.

Posted by Van Helsing at May 22, 2008 11:20 AM


Whats next a fart tax? Exhalation tax? What about compost piles? As it decays it gives off CO2. So much for organic gardening.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 22, 2008 12:21 PM

"but it tells us where things are headed"... how about towards an idiocracy ?

Posted by: IOpian at May 22, 2008 1:13 PM

Any business with employees emits carbon dioxide, so all businesses must pay this tax. This sounds like mere pretext for a tax increase. Are the businesses going to be taxed for CO2 emitted during employee commuting?

Posted by: Bob Smith at May 22, 2008 1:14 PM

Your Soviet Union line is priceless.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 22, 2008 1:38 PM

We're already taxed for breathing and dying. And the harder one works and the more one produces, the higher those taxes get.

Posted by: Jimbo at May 22, 2008 4:07 PM

Another fine step towards totalitarism, brought to you by the land of fruits and nuts.

You know, everytime I see a moonbatty proposal that lets government officals tax citizens, I always see theres one guy who votes against it. I wonder who he(she) is? Its something worth looking into.

Posted by: conservativeteen at May 22, 2008 9:19 PM

Conservativeteen, I have been getting an email that tells how my Senator's and Congressman vote.
I am really miffed because first Dick Lugar(R) voted for the "Treaty of the Sea" and sent me a snail mail letter explaining his "rationale" for selling yet more of our sovereignty down the tubes and now he is "on board with the Global Warming Hysteria"!!! Evan Bayh(D) is just being himself, but I will never vote for Lugar... ever!
My Congressman, Mike Pence is usually right on the money with conservative lines. I would gladly campaign for him anytime, as he goes with the conservative line, rather than to party line.

Posted by: HoosierArmyMom at May 23, 2008 7:54 AM

The Oil Refiners in the Bay Area should call their bluff. Several weeks before the November election, these companies ought to announce that "hey, you green types are correct. We are destroying Mother Gaia. So effectively immediately we ceasing operations".

This would create a crisis in which even Bay Area liberals will vote the bureaucratic thugs out of office.

Posted by: dpt at May 23, 2008 8:08 AM

Just another reason for businesses to leave the Bay Area, as if they need another. Let's see: high taxes, incredibly expensive real estate and rents, stifling regulation.

Posted by: Bob Smith at May 23, 2008 11:57 AM

This is another reason to leave the area, but that is there goal. They want SF for only the rich and the homeless. The rich can afford the tax and many of them no longer need to work. Through zoning laws, high taxes, and other regulations, the locals of SF have managed to keep out people without building a wall. Welcome to Amerika.

Posted by: d at May 25, 2008 5:27 AM