Warmists now want to tax food
If you buy into the notion that carbon dioxide, the food for plants that feed us and the animals we use for meat, is poison, then this notion from hysterical "climate researchers" in the United Kingdom makes sense. Eric Worrall reports at Wattsupwiththat:
A group of researchers in Oxford University, England have suggested that imposing a massive tax on carbon intensive foods – specifically protein rich foods like meat and dairy – could help combat climate change.
Pricing food according to its climate impacts could save half a million lives and one billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions
Taxing greenhouse gas emissions from food production could save more emissions than are currently generated by global aviation, and lead to half a million fewer deaths from chronic diseases, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change.
The study, conducted by a team of researchers from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food at the University of Oxford and the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC, is the first global analysis to estimate the impacts that levying emissions prices on food could have on greenhouse gas emissions and human health….
Forget about the century-plus of left-wing agitation about “regressive” taxes. Forget about compassion for the poor, who will be priced out of carnivorous pleasures and forced to be vegetarians due to their poverty. Al Gore can astill pork out on pork and beef up his already portly frame on beef. And he won’t chicken out on buying poultry, either. A hundred million bucks buys a lot of expensive food.
In fact, rich people like Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, and the Hollywood elite can eat all the meat they want on their private jets. It’s the little folks like us who will be forced to bicycle to work in the rain when we can’t afford gasoline, and warm up with a hot cup of vegetable broth.
If the taxes really go high, well, lots of greenies regard human beings as a “cancer on the planet.” Not only do dead men tell no tales; they exhale no CO2.
Hat tip: Bryan Demko