First disallow all private jets. It would decrease carbon dioxide by incalculable tons. Besides, it would likely cut down on the cost of travel on commercial airlines. More folks would want to fly first class… decreasing the cost for those of us flying coach.
Second, require proper management of the forest. Get rid of dead trees and undergrowth. One forest fire likely produces more carbon dioxide than thousands of cars spew out in a year. Besides, burning wood also produces a bunch of carbon monoxide. Good forest management would drastically cut down on the quantity and size of forest fires. The undeniable fact is the dead trees are nothing more than fuel for the next fire. Thinning the trees in the forest insures that the remaining trees survive… as well as those creatures living in the forest.
The fact is that fuels such as gasoline and natural gas have drastically improved things. Before internal combustion engines, the streets were lined with disease ridden horse manure. Before we heated our homes with natural gas, we used wood and coal. I think most of us would not want to return to those “good ole days.” On the other hand, lets remember who generates most of the carbon dioxide — those who have the big houses and cars — many of which are those forcing the ecology down our throats. Al Gore certainly uses his share of fuel. He has a nice big house and flies around in those private jets, he and his countless friends. (Moreover, his predictions are way off. According to his movie, Florida should have been completely covered by the ocean years ago.)
Finally, I in no way condone the riots in France, but I can’t believe that anyone should be surprised by them. The French government is robbing the middle and lower classes in the name of decreasing climate change. As I said before and I will say again, those forcing the gas tax on people are those who don’t have to pay the taxes and the wealthy. I assure you, those running France are not going to suffer one little bit from the increase in the cost of gas. The wealthy don’t suffer the pain when the taxes go up ten or fifteen cents. Those who drive to and from work daily, on the other hand, feel the pinch every time they have to pull up next to pump. It means they have to give up something. In some cases, that isn’t even an option. It might mean they lose their job because they can’t afford the tax.
My personal opinion is that the climate changers are simply using the so called science for control. Let’s face it. Controlling our mobility is certainly one method toward that end. They want to move around freely while the rest of us walk, or use horses.
I’ve noticed two things about gas tax. Most of the people who want them don’t drive cars, for instance those who live in New York city. Also, many people like using the revenues received from the tax on things that have nothing to do with cars, such as trains and subways. Now that’s just not right.
Consider the commuter. Until I retired, I drove eighty miles a day. Some drive a hundred a fifty miles to work, one way. I suspect they have something to say about the way the tax money is squandered, such as on the train that is being built in California.
…but, of course, when the roads become riddled with potholes as such, the first thing those idiots like to yell is, “Increase the gas tax!” Why not? It is nothing to them. Many don’t drive. Many have so much money they don’t care. Then too, some just like the idea of controlling just a little more money. It’s what politicians like to do. They have two main jobs, make laws and spend money.
I don’t like it when people call for a gas tax. As far as I am concerned, anyone who has a brain should object too. In the end, everyone pays those taxes. If not directly, then indirectly. Besides, it is a bad thing to squander tax money, wherever it comes from.
By the way, one reason they think it is a good idea to tax gas is because the price is going down. I think that works one way. They would never remove the tax should the price go up.
Finally, if they used the gas tax they get now on the roads, they would have plenty for the highways, that is, if it doesn’t line some polititian’s pocket… or his friend’s.
I heard someone else suggest increasing the gas tax, this time federal… 25 cents a gallon. Easy assumption. The man does not have to eek out a living and drive fifty miles each way for work. He certainly doesn’t have to drive a hundred miles to and from work each day as some do.
Then again, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe he drives an electric car. At present people driving electric cars don’t pay gas tax. (I suspect that will be changed soon, though I don’t know how.)
On the other hand, he might use a subway, train or bus to go to work. He’d not pay a penny for gas tax, leastwise not directly.
Regardless of his method of transportation, he likely doesn’t have to give up groceries to pay the taxes. He likely doesn’t hurt to pay the bills as most of us do.
There is a solution for building and repairing highways. Stop squandering the money they have. Obama was authorized a trillion dollars for “shovel ready projects.” I believe he should have to repay it.
I still don’t know where that money went. Maybe it’s time for the government to pinch their pennies for a while. Maybe it’s time they stop squandering it. Then maybe they will be more careful with it. (I don’t hold out much hope for that.)
If you agree with me, send this to someone else. Send this to your representatives. Yell it from the housetops. I’m not sure, they might increase it anyway. It is what the government does. It is what they do. They tax and they spend. What else would they do. What else can they do. Oh, yes. Make laws. They do have a tendency to mess that up too.