Dec 17, 2010
“It is generally accepted that one of the functions of taxation should be to redistribute incomes and wealth. It is often assumed that this function requires incomes to be taxed directly. A shift away from taxes on incomes and profits will run counter to that assumption.” –Club of Rome, Towards an EU strategy for sustainable development
“Revenue from global taxes and putting a new global currency into circulation could then provide a stable source of finance for UN expenditures including international peace-keeping programs. Some of the revenue might also be distributed to all nations according to their populations, reflecting the right of every person in the world to a “global citizen’s income” based on an equal share of the value of global resources.” –Club of Rome, Towards an EU strategy for sustainable development
The rabid religious environmental zealots are wild-eyed and completely mad but many of them are well meaning fools. They have been sucked into a pipe dream through persuasion techniques and beautiful imagery. These poor fools are worshiping at the alter of the green god pledging their undying loyalty and resources. Behind the elaborate smoke and mirrors is a trillion dollar engine funding this ruthless gambit for all the wrong reasons. The earth is not their concern, the people are not their concern, they want to be the ultimate global control freaks using their religion to be a means to a Malthusian end.
That’s how we should treat it. As a commodity.” —Bill Manson, Tax the Air to Save the Amazon
“Ever since you were born, you’ve been breathing oxygen for free, Right? Well the masters of mundane marketing agree that it is time for you to adjust your thinking. Yes, you can breathe air for free; but how lame is that? Naturally occuring oxygen is just so 10,000 years ago. It’s time for you to begin breathing more pure, more refreshing oxygen.” —Canned Oxygen Could Be the Next Bottled Water
“Environmental taxes are now being used for several purposes. For example, a number of cities are now taxing cars that enter the city center. Some governments are simply imposing a tax on automobile ownership. In Denmark, the registration tax on the purchase of a new car exceeds the price of the car by 180 percent. A new car that sells for $20,000 costs the buyer $56,000. In Singapore, the tax on a $14,200 Ford Focus, more than triples the price, pushing it to $45,500.
Cap-and-trade systems using tradable permits are sometimes an alternative to environmental tax restructuring. The principal difference is that with permits, governments set the allowed amount of an activity and let the market set the price of the permits as they are auctioned off or given away. With environmental taxes, in contrast, the environmentally destructive activity’s price is incorporated in the tax rate, and the market determines the amount of the activity that will occur at that price.” —Environmental Taxes, Better for the Planet & Economy
This article was posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 at 5:10 am