How green was my tax system? By Simon Sweetman

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The government has been criticised (now, theres a phrase you dont often see on this website) for messing about with supposedly environmentally friendly 'stealth' taxes, to the extent that the hot air produced on the subject by Ryanair probably exceeds their total carbon emissions for a year.

Now, how about instead of inventing new environmental taxes, we adapt the existing system? Lets not muck about: if we are in the business of trying to save the planet (more correctly, keep the planet in a fit state for our occupation rather than leave it to the cockroaches) then that has to be an overriding objective and it should be at the heart of everything that we do. That includes paying tax.

Now for tax to be effective it is not much help taxing companies and big business. You need to take it from...

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By nzworm
10th May 2007 10:22

Environmental Tax on Martians?
"Mars is being hit by rapid climate change and it is happening so fast that the red planet could lose its southern ice cap, writes Jonathan Leake.

Scientists from Nasa say that Mars has warmed by about 0.5C since the 1970s. This is similar to the warming experienced on Earth over approximately the same period.

Since there is no known life on Mars it suggests rapid changes in planetary climates could be natural phenomena."

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10th May 2007 16:29

Having kid(s)?
Whenever I hear anyone burbling about the “size of your carbon footprint” my mind immediately races to a well-known four-letter word. Not from any desire to utter the expletive, but from the fact that no-one ever refers to the most environmentally unfriendly act possible (a potential consequence of the activity to which the four-letter word refers). If I never procreate, my carbon footprint (however large or small) dies with me. Procreation on the other hand makes me directly responsible for the carbon footprint of possibly tens, thousands, millions of my descendants. No other act of environmental vandalism comes anything close to the damage inflicted by this particular one. The Chinese policy of one child per couple is perhaps the only acceptable one…so how about increasing taxes exponentially for those who exceed this limit? It would hit the current leaders of both the main political parties hard, so it has got to be a good thing…

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11th May 2007 12:34

Green Tax
Surely the most environmentally friendly thing the next Prime Minister should do (once he is crowned!) is to immediately abolish his previous department and all its offices etc.
Just think of the number of Trees that would save to be left on the planet to absorb carbon!

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09th May 2007 13:08

Too bureaucratic.
Simon's approach is too bureaucratic and time consuming. Rather than making people pay more to drive vehicles that emit too much, just the production of new vehicles and import of new or used vehicles that emit abvoe a certain level. Bring this down by 5gm of carbon per Km every year. I do not accept that people who live in rural areas need 4x4 cars, they just need to mend the tack so that a car can up there. Anyone who really needs a rough road vehicle should use a real tractor.

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By 3569787
03rd May 2016 16:44

All media hype with not supporting science

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