The Great Scam - updates
In Belgium, they just passed a tax on grilling.
The government of Belgium's French-speaking region of Wallonia, which has a population of about 4 million, has approved a tax on barbequing, local media reported. Experts said that between 50 and 100 grams of CO2, a so-called greenhouse gas, is emitted during barbequing. Beginning June 2007, residents of Wallonia will have to pay 20 euros for a grilling session. The local authorities plan to monitor compliance with the new tax legislation from helicopters, whose thermal sensors will detect burning grills.
Can this be for real? A $25 tax for grilling? I can't wait for the thermal masking grill to come out. It's only a matter of time. Drip. Drip. Drip.
UPDATE: Belgium denies this story and says it is a April Fools joke. Whew...we have at least a few more years of unregulated grilling.
On the other hand a climatoligist at MIT who also thinks its a scam managed to get published in Newsweek. Apparently he did not get the message that global warming being caused by humans is "scientific consensus." The article is worth reading here. Note that he is the "Sloan Professor of Meteorolgy."