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European agency for air quality seeks to introduce oxygen tax
Dateline: 28 April 2023
The EU Climate Control Agency (CCA), known colloquially as the 'carbon police', has introduced proposals to tax the very air we breathe. Two decades of lower than expected global warming has been a brief respite, but carbon concentrations have continued to rise alarmingly.
"It's clear that carbon taxes and emissions trading have not worked," says Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade. "The time has come for real action, touching every human in Europe, so that every breath we take is meaningful."
It was ten years ago that carbon dioxide breached the important psychological barrier of 400ppm (parts per million). Some saw this as a tipping point, predicting catastrophic climate change in the future. Despite controls on transport and industrial emissions, which have declined, the level of carbon in the air has continued to climb.
"So we will propose a quarterly tax on all citizens over the age of 18. Every time we breathe out, we produce more carbon," continues McGlade, "and everyone must be aware of their contribution!" An aide was heard to remark that "if they are old enough to smoke and drive, they should pay the tax. Our Eurobarometer survey released today shows support for this decision."
This proposal has been denounced as "sheer lunacy" by the scientist and economic development proponent Matt Ridley. "Carbon dioxide makes the planet greener," he exclaims, "and economic growth makes the air cleaner!"
When will the great climate debate come to an end? Don't hold your breath...
Published 30 May 2013
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Martin Klein   EU still around in 2023?
I wonder if the EU will even be around in 2023?

Posted: 30 May 2013 at 08:00 Delete Reply to this comment
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Doug Vining   EU still around in 2023?
That's a good question, Martin! But remember 2023 is only 10 years away, though a lot can happen in 10 years. Just look how the world has changed in the last 10 years. I think the EU will still exist, but it might have very different members or structures.

Posted: 30 May 2013 at 08:27 Delete Reply to this comment
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Doug Vining   Worried about global cooling
In the future, almost anything is possible. This look into the end of the century is reminiscent of several MindBullets we have published over the years.

Whatever happens, I'm fairly sure that people won't be concerned about global warming in 2099. They will have other crises to deal with!
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Posted: 10 July 2013 at 18:18 Delete Reply to this comment
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Doug Vining   They will charge us for breathing next
Told you so. We'll soon be paying for air - some of us anyway!
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Posted: 7 September 2015 at 18:03 Delete Reply to this comment
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Doug Vining   Taxing food and water, and air
A few years ago, we published a MindBullet which suggested that the climate control freaks, I mean bureaucrats, would eventually tax us for the very air we breathe. While that was a bit tongue-in-cheek, the idea is not so far fetched. Water is already taxed in the form of VAT on your council bill, and bottled water is taxed three times over, which is probably a good thing.

Now comes an idea to tax food based on carbon emissions. So I guess vegans would pay less tax, unless their veggie compost heaps were guilty of excess methane emissions! I'm all for healthy eating and conserving the environment, but the idea that you can control global warming by modifying eating behaviour with a complicated tax, is, quite frankly, totally absurd!

You may as well just tax the air.
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